[Reading] ➶ The Famished Road ➽ Ben Okri – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 Maruez's One Hundred Years of Solitude it combines 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 Maruez's One Hundred Years of Solitude it combines brilliant narrative techniue with a fresh vision to create an essential work of world literatureThe 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.
Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in in Minna northern Nigeria to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative.
- 512 pages
- The Famished Road
- Ben Okri
- 04 July 2016 Ben Okri