Short Story Review: “The Baboon War” by Nnedi Okorafor

3 of 5 stars.

This tale plays out like a modern folk tale without an ending nor explanation.

The narrator, while busy helping her father with the family’s fishing business, has largely neglected the comings and goings of her younger school-aged sister. One day, her sister arrives home battered, bleeding and beaming.

The younger sister’s tale emerges of her personal 10-day war with a troop of baboons in the forest blocking her directest route to school. Supernatural overtones exist in the presence of the girl’s homemade bracelet created from found bells, unexplained rainbursts, and the baboons’ presentation of a throbbing enigmatic idol after 10 days of hostilities.

This tale appears in Okorafor’s anthology, Kabu Kabu by Prime Books.
 
 
 
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One response to “Short Story Review: “The Baboon War” by Nnedi Okorafor

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