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The Famished Road


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ISBN13: 9780385425131
ISBN10: 0385425139
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In the decade since it won the Booker Prize, Ben Okri's Famished Road has become a classic. Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children or Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, it combines brilliant narrative technique with a fresh vision to create an essential work of world literature.

The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their child, Azaro's loving parents are made destitute. The tension between the land of the living, with its violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree kingdom of the spirits propels this latter-day Lazarus's story.


"[A] powerful, compassionate vision of modern Africa and the magical heritage of its myths." Publishers Weekly


"Okri's tale is a beautifully rendered allegory, enriched by its African setting, of love powerful enough to defy even death and his minions." Kirkus Reviews


"A dazzling achievement for any writer in any language." The New York Times Book Review


"A masterpiece if one ever existed." Boston Globe


"Dazzling, hypnotic...a true feast for the word hungry." San Francisco Chronicle

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Ben Okri was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He lives in London.

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Maryam, December 5, 2006 (view all comments by Maryam)
I've used this in a college level course that addresses African literature, and students have had very powerful responses to Okri's work. While some have passionately hated it, most have found it magical and deeply rich. Okri does expect a reader to come to the table with wit and attention, but isn't too much to ask most of the time. I don't think you can consider yourself versed in African literature without including Okri in your reading.
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Laurie Blum, December 1, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
All five characters in this novel along with their creative narration can be classified as magical! The Famished Road is the Booker Prize-winning novel written by Nigerian author Ben Okri & you should not miss it! The book, written in 1991, follows Azaro, an abiku or spirit child, living in the Nigerian city of Lagos on the eve of independence. Order it today - perfect holiday gifts for the sophisticated readers on your list.
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hmarchand, November 29, 2006 (view all comments by hmarchand)
It's been said that One Hundred Years of Solitude should be required reading for every human being; if I were to make a list of such required reads, I'd go along with that, and I would include The Famished Road on the list as well.

What Ben Okri achieves in this novel is simply astonishing. The very nature of reality, and particularly of the relationship between flesh and spirit, is iridescently transformed, and there may never have been a more masterly demonstration of the necessity of opposites: love is strong as hate is strong, tenderness overwhelms in the presence of cruelty, life is life because death is death (except in the case of the spirit children, who are born and die and are born again into the pain and the joy of the world).

The Famished Road is truly a glorious work of literary art, focused intently on a small central cast of vividly imagined and indelibly created characters but so broad and surprising in scope that it astounds. It is an exhilarating, fascinating and delightful experience to read this book. What more could be asked of any novel?
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Okri, Ben
Anchor Books
New York :
Social life and customs
American - African American & Black
Magic -- Fiction.
Fantasy - General
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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MA 5-C
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8 x 5.1 x 0.85 in 0.8 lb

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Product details 512 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385425131 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] powerful, compassionate vision of modern Africa and the magical heritage of its myths."
"Review" by , "Okri's tale is a beautifully rendered allegory, enriched by its African setting, of love powerful enough to defy even death and his minions."
"Review" by , "A dazzling achievement for any writer in any language."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece if one ever existed."
"Review" by , "Dazzling, hypnotic...a true feast for the word hungry."
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