Short Story: “Orange Crush” by Chuma Nwokolo
Orange Crush is about a man, who has eaten thousands of oranges and finally has become a “connoisseur”. He can know a lot of information just by tasting the oranges. One day he bought an orange from a hawker and found that the orange is the best one he has had. He decided to keep the seeds and grow the best orange trees so that he can enjoy his favorite oranges. He spent years and years growing the trees. Most of the trees died, but he did not give up. When he finally have the chance to enjoy his favorite fruit from his tree, he found out that it does not seem to be the orange he wants…He has spent years growing a tree but it turns out to be that he knows more about oranges than himself.
Chuma Nwokolo puts a lot of emphasis on how the oranges tastes and how the man grows the orange trees. The readers may infer that the man pays very much attention to details. But the irony lies in the fact that he has not really listened to his own feelings. It is not until the very end of the story will the readers know what the story is really about, and what the author means by the title Orange Crush.