Blankets by Alex la Guma

In Blankets by Alex la Guma we have the theme of poverty, inequality, deprivation, apartheid, control and paralysis. Taken from his A Walk in the Night and Other Stories collection the story is narrated, by way of flashbacks, in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realizes that […]

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Little Brother by Bruce Holland Rogers

In Little Brother by Bruce Holland Rogers we have the theme of longing, struggle, control, consumerism, materialism and innocence. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Rogers may be exploring the theme of longing. For as long as he can remember Peter has […]

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The Jam by Henry Slesar

In The Jam by Henry Slesar we have the theme of addiction, struggle, friendship, loyalty, control and responsibility. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Slesar may be exploring the theme of addiction. The reason Stukey is driving so fast and erratic is […]

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Rain by Richard Rive

In Rain by Richard Rive we have the theme of love, betrayal, selfishness, innocence, hope, desperation and compassion. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Rive may be exploring the theme of love. Siena is desperate to find Joseph. She has heard […]

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Scenes From a Family Christmas by Benjamin Law

In Scenes From a Family Christmas by Benjamin Law we have the theme of contentment, acceptance, appearance, confusion, innocence and disappointment. Taken from his The Family Law collection the story is narrated in the first person by Law himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Law may be exploring the […]

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Wrecking Ball by Benjamin Law

In Wrecking Ball by Benjamin Law we have the theme of memories, appearance, acceptance, racism, struggle, letting go and moving on. Taken from his The Family Law collection the story is narrated in the first person by Law himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Law may be exploring the […]

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Nostalgia by C.A. Davids

In Nostalgia by C.A. Davids we have the theme of abuse, bitterness, selfishness, letting go, ignorance, paralysis and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes after reading the story that Davids may be exploring the theme of abuse (sexual). Ella has been abused by her father when she was […]

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Disappearing by Monica Wood

In Disappearing by Monica Wood we have the theme of confidence, insecurity, obsession, acceptance, pride, change and control. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman the reader realizes after reading the story that Wood may be exploring the theme of confidence. The narrator is overweight and very conscious of it. In fact she […]

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It Used to be Green Once by Patricia Grace

In It Used to be Green Once by Patricia Grace we have the theme of shame, appearance, poverty, pride, good fortune and change. The story itself is a memory piece and is narrated in the first person by a woman who recalls events from her childhood and from the beginning of the story it is […]

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Going for Bread by Patricia Grace

In Going for Bread by Patricia Grace we have the theme of fear, bullying, ignorance, anger, racism, conflict, struggle and love. Narrated in the third person by an unknown narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Grace may be exploring the theme of fear.  Mereana is afraid to walk down the […]

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Meeting Elise by Nam Le

In Meeting Elise by Nam Le we have the theme of pride, success, mortality, friendship, connection, acceptance, jealousy and redemption. Taken from his The Boat collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Henry Luff and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Le may be exploring […]

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Hiroshima by Nam Le

In Hiroshima by Nam Le we have the theme of spirituality, conflict, propaganda, control, loyalty, innocence and honour. Taken from his The Boat collection the story is narrated in the first person by an eight year old girl called Mayako and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Le may be exploring […]

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The Hole That Jack Dug by Frank Sargeson

In The Hole That Jack Dug by Frank Sargeson we have the theme of hard-work, struggle, connection, trust, independence and respect. Narrated in the first person by a man called Tom, who is helping Jack to dig the hole, the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Sargeson may be exploring the theme […]

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Your Shoes by Michèle Roberts

In Your Shoes by Michèle Roberts we have the theme of grief, loss, blame, responsibility, sadness, innocence, communication, hope and control. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman, a mother, the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that the narrator is grieving a loss. A loss that we is discover is […]

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They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson

In They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson we have a humorous story that looks at a conversation between two aliens who are probing the Universe for intelligent life. What is really interesting about the story is the fact that the life form the aliens encounter are actually human beings. Who the aliens cannot […]

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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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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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