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The Famished Road by Ben Okri
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Aug 07, 11

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Read from July 21 to August 07, 2011

I saw an interview with him a few months ago and borrowed the book from the library the first week I got back to the USA this summer and I am so glad I picked it up. I loved this book though it took effort to read it. The power of the world vision he evoked and the poetry of his writing came together beautifully in the end - most of the last ten pages were incredible and I actually had to read them a few times to deepen the feeling it left me with - I didn't want to part with it. At the same time that I couldn't grasp all of what Okri meant to say in this work, the metaphor of boxing and the abiku came through so strongly. What is also quite interesting is that I almost felt like it cast a spell on me. He is right up there with Tutuola, Soyinka and Achebe - in fact this might have gone deeper than any of their work for me.
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