Spring Song and other stories
Widely varied in every way, these thirty-
They range from ironic meditation on good and evil to joyful celebration of human creativity.
They are set in Africa, in England, in the present or the past, in a child’s microcosm,
a Nigerian bush-
Their characters are as various as their settings – devoted mothers, children practicing to be grownups or in rebellion, harassed men trying to reconcile dream and reality.
In length and technique they show the same extraordinary variety. The two long narratives of African life contrast with the miniatures such as ‘Romance’, the only short story that Time magazine had hitherto published.
“They break all the rules of short-
The Sunday Times
“Whenever I am idle I choose a Cary novel in the way I might seek a friend’s company, and it is not long before I am encouraged, inspired to write.”
“A marvellous writer – fresh, funny, popping with life.”