Fog by Tim Winton

In Fog by Tim Winton we have the theme of disillusionment, corruption, trust, struggle, fear, hope and alcoholism. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Winton may be exploring the theme of disillusionment. […]

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Aquifer by Tim Winton

In Aquifer by Tim Winton we have the theme of memories, longing, connection, innocence, freedom, escape and time. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Winton may be exploring the theme of memories. The narrator […]

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Abbreviation by Tim Winton

In Abbreviation by Tim Winton we have the theme of coming of age, family, innocence, selfishness, gender roles and courage. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realizes after reading the story that Winton may be exploring the theme of coming […]

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Big World by Tim Winton

In Big World by Tim Winton we have the theme of disillusionment, failure, escape, jealousy, loyalty, change, freedom and friendship. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated by a young eighteen year old boy called Lenny and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Winton may be exploring the […]

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Immunity by Tim Winton

In Immunity by Tim Winton we have the theme of connection, love, selfishness, desperation, acceptance, authority and shame. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is a memory piece that is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman who recalls events when she was younger and from the beginning of the story […]

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Damaged Goods by Tim Winton

In Damaged Goods by Tim Winton we have the theme of memories, loneliness, letting go, independence, obsession, jealousy, acceptance and struggle. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Winton may […]

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Commission by Tim Winton

In Commission by Tim Winton we have the theme of mortality, connection, shame, letting go, acceptance, alcoholism, change, self-pity and trust. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Winton may be exploring the […]

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Long, Clear View by Tim Winton

In Long, Clear View by Tim Winton we have the theme of conflict, connection, disillusionment, control, identity and responsibility. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the second person by a young twelve year old boy called Vic and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Winton may […]

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Family by Tim Winton

In Family by Tim Winton we have the theme of uncertainty, escape, connection, memories, freedom, love and relationships. Taken from his The Turning collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Winton may be exploring the theme of uncertainty. […]

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Tomorrow is Too Far by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In Tomorrow is Too Far by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie we have the theme of memory, jealousy, patriarchy, escape, sibling rivalry, letting go and guilt. Taken from her The Thing Around Your Neck collection the story is narrated in the second person by a young, unnamed woman and from the beginning of the story the reader […]

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Ike and Phindi by Sipho Sepamla

In Ike and Phindi by Sipho Sepamla we have the theme of control, marriage, appearance, materialism, domestic violence, class and struggle. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Sepamla may be exploring the theme of control. From the very start of Ike and […]

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The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami

In The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami we have the theme of time, responsibility, control, gender roles (reversed), liberation, freedom and conflict. Taken from his The Elephant Vanishes and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realises that Murakami […]

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Her Three Days by Sembenè Ousmane

In Her Three Days by Sembenè Ousmane we have the theme of control, desperation, gender roles, jealousy, acceptance, humiliation and polygamy. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes after reading the story that Ousmane may be exploring the theme of control, a man’s control over a woman. Throughout the story […]

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A Prayer For the Living by Ben Okri

In A Prayer For the Living by Ben Okri we have the theme of conflict, connection, acceptance and hope. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed man the reader realizes form the beginning of the story that Okri may be exploring the theme of conflict. The story itself is set during the Nigerian Civil […]

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Riot by Casey Motsisi

In Riot by Casey Motsisi we have the theme of struggle, defiance, conflict, escape, compassion and apartheid. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Motsisi may be exploring the theme of struggle. Maria is struggling to get Boetikie to sleep. He is thirsty […]

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Gemini by Ahmed Essop

In Gemini by Ahmed Essop we have the theme of discontent, rebellion, paralysis, struggle, letting go, pride, love and failure. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Essop may be exploring the theme of discontent. Siva does not like working for others in […]

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The Bridegroom by Nadine Gordimer

In The Bridegroom by Nadine Gordimer we have the theme of order, marriage, anticipation, anxiety, control and escape. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Gordimer may be exploring the theme of order. The young man’s contents of his tent are listed by […]

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The South by Jorge Luis Borges

In The South by Jorge Luis Borges we have the theme of identity, pride, ego, romanticism, escape and conflict. Taken from his Collected Fictions collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Borges may be exploring the theme of […]

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The Arrangers of Marriage by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In The Arrangers of Marriage by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie we have the theme of marriage, control, change, independence and language. Taken from her The Thing Around Your Neck collection the story is narrated in the first person by a woman (girl) called Chinaza (Agatha) and after reading the story the reader realizes that Chinaza has […]

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