Mr Happy and the Hammer of God is a collection of short stories in which the writer boldly explores different aspects of reality, writing in a style that is often unnerving. Though arranged in two parts, a common strand runs through all the stories, showing up in characters who are all hopelessly trapped, one way or another.In Part I, there are seven stories addressing issMr Happy and the Hammer of God is a collection of short stories in which the writer boldly explores different aspects of reality, writing in a style that is often unnerving. Though arranged in two parts, a common strand runs through all the stories, showing up in characters who are all hopelessly trapped, one way or another.In Part I, there are seven stories addressing issues as diverse as adultery and man's place in the Universe. Each of the three stories in Part II features a demon haunted character involved in a desperate search for salvation or meaning, at least. Yet is this a valiant struggle against the ultimate futility of such an effort?...
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MR Happy and the Hammer of God and Other Stories Reviews
Mr Happy and the Hammer of God is my all time favourite short story anthology. Written by Martin Egblewogbe, this story questions man's place in the universe and other such themes.Read my review of the book herehttp://freduagyeman.blogspot.com/2009...Thanks
About the BookMr. Happy and The Hammer of God & Other Stories is a significant addition to the genre of short story writing in contemporary Ghanaian and African literature. Martin Egblewogbe is an emerging talent and if his title seems surreal, his stories are no less. The collection is divided into two parts; the first consists of seven stories and the second consists of three.These stories are not burdened by the “African” condition and those looking for a familiar Ghanaian/African setting will have to look elsewhere and yet the reader may recognize ‘my street, my city, my people’ – because the stories are truly universal. Collectively, this book is a portrayal of inner struggles, torments and the psyche. The author asks questions by employing some familiar tropes common to all humanity - who are you, what are you, how did you get here and where do you go from here? The writer frequently turns to the metaphysical and how it relates to our minds, state of being and pursuit of happiness. He employs wit and humour to answer fundamental questions and engages us even when the outcome might be an outpouring of misery and despair.It is altogether fitting that he chooses the short story genre to express himself because the stories sometimes end suddenly leaving the reader wanting to know more. His style is refreshing, new and entertaining. Mr. Happy and the Hammer of God & Other Stories raises the bar for emerging new talent from Africa.Review Dear All,I thought I should share with you my impressions of a young Ghanaian writer, Martin Egblewogbe, whose short story collection -- Mr Happy and the Hammer of God -- I have just finished reading. Epithets like "fresh", "imaginative" and "exciting" are often marshalled to introduce new writers, but in the case of Mr Egblewogbe I think a set of strong superlatives are in order; extraordinary, excellent, and experimentally innovative barely capture my sense of what I have read. The short stories each conceal an enigma, sometimes of a profound existential kind, and at others merely due to some form of bafflement on the part of the protagonist of the story. Thus after every story you are required to pause in reflection. This also means the stories are best savoured slowly and one by one. The influence of master spinners of narrative enigmas such as Kafka and Beckett are well in evidence in the collection. What is perhaps most interesting about Mr Happy and the Hammer of God is that Mr Egblewogbe has devised a clever way of telling the stories so to betray only minimal geographical or and other locational markers. There is just one story that can readily be shown to be set in Accra. This form of placelessness thus gives the stories a universal appeal.My favorite? Hard to choose, but the one that made me laugh the most (yes, he also happens to have a wry sense of humour) was titled "Down Wind" and is basically about a man having to shelter from the pouring rain inside of a phone booth. To while away the time he uses a phone card to begin phoning people he knows, apparently at random. There are three problems that become readily evident as the story unfold: first is that the previous occupant of the phone booth happened to have filled the booth with "noisome effluvia from his nether end" (what us ordinary mortals simply call a fart!) and so he is trapped with the terrible smell inside. The second problem is that he has an excruciating and inexplicable pain in his legs for which he seeks sympathy from the Doctor, who is the first person he calls. Third, and perhaps most worryingly, is that one of the people he speaks to tells him he has been accused of a heinous crime and that this is to be found on the noticeboard with the glass case. Try as he might he cannot fathom what crime it is he has committed and so spends some more time phoning other people and try to get them to tell him what is on the accusatory noticeboard. This ends in failure. The story ends up being a parable about extreme loneliness, and we find eventually that it is not just he that is lonely, but all the other people he has just spoken to. Another one, "Small Changes Within the Dynamic" is about a man, who having caught his wife blatantly sleeping with another man on his own bed, begins a tortured disquisition with himself about how he is going to kill her. I will not spoil it for you by telling you how the story ends. Brilliant.Please note that I write this without any personal knowledge of Mr Martin Egblewogbe and also from the professional perspective of someone who has taught literature for many many years and is always on the lookout for great books to read and to teach. I strongly urge you all on this list to get hold of a copy of the book. We may well be bearing witness to a major voice not just in Ghanaian literature, but in African and world literature as well. Watch that space.Atops: The book is published in the UK by Ayebia publishers, but copies can be found in all the major bookshops in Accra.pps: Mr Egblewogbe is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Ghana.---Ato Quayson, FGAProfessor of English and DirectorCenter for Diaspora and Transnational StudiesEditor, The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (2 volumes)About the Author:Martin Egblewogbe was born in Ghana in 1975. He has a BS.c and M.Phil in Physics and is currently working on his Ph.D at the University of Ghana, Legon where he is a lecturer in the Department of Physics. He enjoys writing short stories and poetry in his spare time and has contributed to several anthologies. He also currently hosts the radio show “Writers Project” on CitiFM in Accra, Ghana where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Rather strange set of short stories, with some set in obviously African settings, but others very indeterminate. More inward looking than many other collections.
An interesting experimentation with the short story genre.