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The Famished Road - by  Ben Okri (Paperback)
The Famished Road - by  Ben Okri (Paperback)
The Famished Road - by  Ben Okri (Paperback)
The Famished Road - by  Ben Okri (Paperback)
The Famished Road - by  Ben Okri (Paperback)
The Famished Road - by  Ben Okri (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 512
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Anchor Books
Age Range: Adult
Author: Ben Okri
Language: English

About the Book

Winner of the 1991 Booker Prize, this phantasmagorical novel is set in the ghetto of an African city during British colonial rule, and follows the story of Azaro--a "spirit-child" who has reneged on a pact with the spirit world--and the travails of his impoverished, beleaguered family.

Book Synopsis

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.

Review Quotes

A dazzling achievement for any writer in any language.
--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The New York Times Book Review

A mesmerizing vision of modern Nigeria, seen through the eyes of a peculiarly sentient child.... The Famished Road is a quintessential African novel."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A stunning work, suspenseful and haunting, the product of one of the lushest imaginations on record."--The Plain Dealer

A masterpiece if one ever existed.
--The Boston Globe

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

About the Author

Ben Okri's books have won several awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the prestigious International Literary Prize Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore 1993. The Famished Road won the Booker Prize in 1991. He was born in Minna, Nigeria.

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