The Famished Road
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... show more
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.
Publish date: June 1st 1993
Publisher: Anchor Books
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Magical Realism
, African Literature
Series: The Famished Road (#1)
A very interesting novel. It's divers in the sense that it's funny, it's scary, it's gross, it's surprising, it's exciting etc.
I think it took one, possibly two of the first sentences to realize how profoundly brilliant his writing is. By page twenty or thirty, I was...what, jealous?, unwilling to hear so much magic without being sold anything? At any rate, I´m stuck in place, fully aware I am missing an astonishing image o...
Giving up on this one for now. I don't know if I'm too dumb or what, but I can't seem to find a plot in here, and I don't want to waste more time forcing myself to trudge through one more page of this. Too bad, because the blurb was interesting. Misleadingly so, but interesting.
Towards the end of the book, in Chapter 12 of Book 7, the author states quite clearly what seems to be his intended message:The spirit-child is an unwilling adventurer into chaos and sunlight, into the dreams of the living and the dead. Things that are not ready, not willing to be borne or to becom...
I'm not a fan of magical realism (why is it so much more magical than any other kind of prose?) but Ben Okri's fable is so rich and cheerful, it's impossible for even a cold hearted cynic like me not to love it. It's the story of a child who decides not to die, but to stay in the world of humans and...