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The Famished Road by Ben Okri
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Mar 17, 2009

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bookshelves: 20th-century, magical-realism, nigerian-fiction, by-poc
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I found this book immensely frustrating—I wanted to love it much more than I did, but despite the beauty of Okri's prose, I read The Famished Road itching for a red pen. At least half of the book could have been edited out, and it would have made for a much stronger novel. I can appreciate what Okri was trying to do with making it so cyclical: the novel is about Azaro, a 'spirit child' who is reborn over and over to the same parents, enduring the same events, paralleling the struggles Africa faces having finally won back its independence. It just didn't work. It all felt muddled and vague, as if Okri hadn't thought through exactly what he wanted to say. I will look out for some of Okri's later writing, to see if he's improved on the glimmers of promise he shows here, but overall this needed half the length and twice the precision.
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