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Songs of Enchantment (The Famished Road Trilogy #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  499 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The adventures of Azaro, the spirit child, continue in this radiant sequel to The Famished Road.
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Anchor (first published April 27th 1993)
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Jun 19, 2016 Jaidee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars-books

5 "how does one review infinite perfection?!!" stars.

2015 Gold Award - tie (First Favorite Read)

I am at a loss.
I do not know what to write.
This book (like the first in the trilogy) is absolutely exquisite, moving and beyond comprehension.
Mr. Okri takes language and transforms it into a series of transcendental experiences.

Ben Okri is a high priest and shaman. He is able in an indefinable way to connect, overlap, merge our earthly plane with various alternate states of being in a way that is bo
Nov 05, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Ben Okri develops the young boy and his village in Nigeria even further. Okri's work is very multi-layered with dreams, politics and daily survival.
Brilliant colorful poetry. changed my life.
Mark McTague
Dec 23, 2016 Mark McTague rated it did not like it
Let me begin by saying I did not choose this book. It was a gift. Nevertheless, I stopped reading on page 110. I've done this, at most, half a dozen times over hundreds of books going back to the 1960s. Yes, this is the much lauded sequel to the 1991 Booker Prize winning "The Famished Road," (which I haven't read) and I appreciate the difficulty the writer faced in trying to tell what seems to be a story of the destructive collision of the modern world on a traditional Nigerian community and its ...more
Moira McPartlin
Like The Famished Road, this novel is filled with beauty and horror. I found the story a little hard to follow and very surreal but no matter how many metaphors poured forth and how many torrents of colour and butterflies flooded the pages I remained engrossed in this Ben Okri's sublime prose.
Khutsafalo Kasale
Apr 04, 2016 Khutsafalo Kasale rated it it was amazing
Reading a Ben Okri book is quite an experience, I say it is an experience because there is no way that you can read the book and not get transported completely into his world. It is one of those books that will shift your perception of reality in a way that when you leave your house and go into the world you will keep expecting to find two moons in the sky or something weird like that. Somehow you will not be the same after you have read the book, granted it is fiction but I have found many trut ...more
Khalid Aziz
Sep 13, 2016 Khalid Aziz rated it did not like it
Loved famished Road, however reading this book it was if I was being tortured. A disappointing book which lacked any depth along with a boring narrative. The characters in this book were truly dead.
Mar 26, 2014 Manrix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely more readable than the first installment, but sharing in its lack of focus. This book very much feels like a middle book, where things are getting worse, without reaching a climax. Its chapters are very short, giving you the feeling that you are really making pace, especially since the book is less than three hundred pages long, about half the lenght of part one.
It's unclear how much time has passed since the beginning of the first novel and the events in this one, but Azaro is appare
Aug 27, 2012 M.i. rated it liked it
I had high expectations going into Songs of enchantment. Its predecessor was one of the best books I have ever read regardless of genre. Okri has an excellent command of language and it’s evident in this book, sadly this pales in comparison to 'Famished Road.' It’s a convoluted story that leaves a lot to be desired. Azaro often feels like a secondary character in a book where he’s supposed to be the main character. In fact this seems like the book is centered around his father who plays an integ ...more
Hlyan Htet Oo
Apr 08, 2016 Hlyan Htet Oo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Songs of Enchantment is a sequel to the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road. I read the first book last year- it was a masterpiece- and it became one of my favorite novels of 2015. I had high expectation for this so-called sequel and I was utterly disappointed. What I like about the first book, beside the story itself, was Okri's beautiful writing, his prose. But this sequel is, as Daria said in her review (I couldn't agree more with that), "suffused with meaningless lyricisms, endless chaoti ...more
Alex Tilley
Dec 14, 2010 Alex Tilley rated it did not like it
After such a fantastic first novel in "The Famished Road", this was unfortunately an utter disappointment. It was as if the success of his first book brought such wealth that he went out and bought the biggest bag of weed he could find, and wrote the second one while completely under its influence and that of his own self importance. Where the first story thread its way beautifully augmented with fantastical spirits and personal battles, this is riddled with exhausting, ridiculous repetition of ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Chichi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, african
Before I read this book, I saw a review describing it as Okri smoking a bag of weed before writing. I disagree.
I think he was actually standing on his head WHILST under the influence of weed!
Wasn't sure where I was; fantasy and real life just blended. Was interesting at first. Got terribly tiring after a while. I had to skip pages.
Aug 05, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
From Okri's web site: "One great thought can change the dreams of the world. One great action, lived out all the way to the sea, can change the history of the world. The adventures of Azaro, the spirit child, continue. From the bestselling author of The Famished Road comes this radiant sequel."

The sequel is not as powerful as Famished Road, but it is a god story nonetheless
Jan 28, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, owned
Read way back in college in a Sandy Feinstein class, in a unit on ethnic cleansing in Africa. Flipping through it, I was vaguely horrified to discover that I read it during a phase when I underlined in books. On the other hand, it let me quickly find some excerpts that I'd found the most moving...
Babak Fakhamzadeh
With the first instalment being like an elongated lucid dream, this book is like the continuation of a dream after you briefly wake up in the morning. It's sort of like the same, but shorter, less intense and you're aware it's actually not real.
Mar 05, 2015 Daria rated it did not like it
Yeah, I've yet to comprehend the appeal of Okri. The novel is suffused with meaningless lyricisms, endless chaotic fantasies and disorganized references to banal ideas connected with politics and family life. A bit dramatic and pretentious. That's all.
May 21, 2013 Nola-lee rated it really liked it
Big fan of Ben Okris evocative use of language, he takes me away, to his homeland, and it is reluctantly that I ever return ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Bobbie rated it it was ok
Not enjoying it to be honest, get lost in meandering passages, famished road was good but... not sure i'll finish it, better books on the shelf i want to crack open...
I did always plan to finish it, but I think I left it so long after reading famished road the momentum had gone.
Apr 09, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A mystical and magical sequel to THE FAMISHED ROAD. Must have good practice with "willing suspension of disbelief." Loveley to read.
Apr 07, 2008 Kris added it
A horrible, horrible book. It reads like something written by a junior high student trying to use metaphors and dreaminess to sound deep. Truly dreadful.
May 19, 2014 Joshua rated it it was amazing
With his words Okri paints a mesmerizing spiritual landscape of life, love, and political struggle.
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Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father. He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. 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 ...more
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