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The Famished Roadby Ben Okri
Synopses & Reviews
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
About the Author
Ben Okri was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He lives in London.
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