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The Famished Road by Ben Okri
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I read an excerpt from the first few pages of this book during a literature course, immediately fell in love, and knew I had to read the rest of it. I was so excited when I finally managed to lay my hands on a copy at the library. The prose was lush, evocative, and beautiful. I loved the way the mundanity (which was vivid and never really mundane) was interspersed with brief, surreal episodes. And then, after the first 50 pages or so...

...I got so tired. The richness of the prose started off magical, but page after page of it became so cloying I had to read the chapters in short bursts. Perhaps that's the way this book was meant to be read so the beauty of it can be properly savoured. But for someone who often power-reads her way through a book during the course of a lazy afternoon, I found the book a long, tiring read that I wasn't sorry to finish.
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