The Famished Road

The Famished Road

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize: "Okri shares with Garcia MArquez a vision of the world as one of infinite possibility ... ' A masterpiece" (The Boston Sunday Globe). Azaro is a spirit child, an abiku, existing, according to the African tradition, between life and death. Born into the human world, he must experience its joys and tragedies. His spirit companions come to him often, hounding him to leave his mortal world and join them in their idyllic one. Azaro foresees a trying life ahead, but he is born smiling. This is his story. When President Bill Clinton first went to Africa he quoted from The Famished Road, which has inspired literature, art, politics, and pop songs'and even been referenced in an episode of The Simpsons. A transformative story for all ages and all times, it means many things to many people. Few contemporary novels have aroused as much passion as this one. Indeed, twenty-five years after its breakout publication, the iconic story of Azaro's travels continues to mesmerize new generations. For readers of Things Fall Apart or One Hundred Years of Solitude, this Man Booker Prize-winning blend of fabulism and gritty realism by the Nigerian author of Astonishing the Gods and Dangerous Love is a "dazzling, hypnotic" journey through Africa that "weaves the humblest detail with the most extravagant flight of fancy to create an astonishing fictional tapestry" (San Francisco Chronicle). Already considered a classic of world literature, it is "a masterpiece if ever one existed" (The Boston Sunday Globe).
Publisher: Newburyport : Open Road Media, 2016
ISBN: 9781504040204
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (403 pages)
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Jan 30, 2016

And now we have Marlon James with "A Brief History of Seven Killings". Also has elements of magical realism. The subject centers on the intersection of political upheaval in Jamaica and the outside influence of a cultural icon, one who's vision clashes with the power structures of his day and time. James won the Man Booker prize for this novel in 2015.

Sep 08, 2015

Painstakingly descriptive, with a strong surreal magical realism. This is one of the most elaborate novels I have seen coming from Africa, with an elaborate prose.

Apr 15, 2011

This is not an easy book to read, but, it is a magnificent one. It is full of complex topics, beautiful prose, hope, despair, and rich characters. Read it slowly, then put it down for a while, or read it if you can in one go. But, do read it. It is so worth it.


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