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Booker-winning novelist and one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri is a passionate advocate of the written word. In A Time for New Dreams he breaks new ground in an unusual collection of linked essays, which address such diverse themes as childhood, self-censorship, the role of beauty, the importance of education and the real significance of the recent economic meltdown ...more
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Published May 2nd 2019 by Apollo (first published April 1st 2011)
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Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"1. There is a secret trail of books meant to inspire and enlighten you. Find that trail.

2. Read outside your nation, colour, class and gender.

3. Read the books your parents hate.

4. Read the books your parents love.

5. Have one or two authors that are important, that speak to you; and make their works your secret passion.

6. Read widely, for fun, for stimulation, for escape.

7. Don't read what everyone else is reading. Check them out later, cautiously.

8. Read what you're not supposed to read.

9. Rea
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm being destroyed by too many books, too many ideas ,too many prophecies, too many philosophies, too many discoveries, too many geniuses, too many broken titans and towering charlatans...
I have to admit Ben Okri's writing style is absolutely phenomenal and this collection of essays does not disappoint. Ben Okri invites us to think for ourselves especially in this age where we are bombarded by information and ideologies from different parts of the world and especially for us African people I th
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Writers are the very sign of the psychic health of a people. They are the barometer of the vitality of the spirit of a nation.They are the beacon on the promontory signaling that there dwells a people strong enough to face its truths, brave enough to confront its demons, confident enough to diagnose the necessary drastic healing required for its malaise. They symbolize a people creative enough to dream new possibilities that will expand the psychic and moral resources of the land,and free enoug ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book.
Corvinus Maximilus
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Now with lovely highlights. I highlighted all the lovely phrases and aphorisms. His thoughts created a lot of debate between my friends and I, about creative spaces and dialogue in our country. Speculation about the African situation, suggestions on how it can be solved. I recommend this book to any Okri fan. I enjoyed it very much, it is a book that I will be reading over and over again. Superbly written and a joy to read.
'We are still primitives in the art of being human.'- Okri ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My edition is filled with numerous bookmarks because there’s so much to love and remember. A collection of essays, poetry and prose about art, writing, reading and everything in between, basically as silly as it might sound, about life. I’m definitely going to come back to this one, again and again.

I also have to mention, I might never have read this or come across this if not for the fabulous book cover by Two Associates at the bookstore. Spotted a friend looking at it and fell in love. Thank
I read Ben Okri's A Way of Being Free and it was the
Bible of my twenties. I was hoping this was going to be a primer of a similar sort. Notes of life, art, hospitality, Africa, childhood, and gentle tenets of what it means to be human - are all compiled here. It's an inspirational read but it lacked the personal voice I'd heard before when I read Ben Okri. I missed that. It made this book removed from me and my experiences.
Clare Grové
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Musings on which to muse.

Considered. Positive. Constructive. Soulful.

Reading this book on Kindle, I kept on highlighting passages that resonate with me. I had to stop, as it silly to have a whole book highlighted.

I say resonate (present tense) as these reflections are sitting with me, and I will return to them often.

Okri, you have a fan in me. You speak my thoughts with words I do not have.
Thank you.
Judith Ploegman
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dit is een steengoed geschreven niet-religieuze preek over blinde vlekken, openstaan voor andere werelden, stoppen met het vergelijken van levens die onvergelijkbaar zijn en eens met andere ogen naar de homogeniteit van je boekenkast te kijken. Waar komen de schrijvers die je leest vandaan? Okri nodigt uit tot stilstaan en echt luisteren en daarna, nadat je het boek dichtgeslagen hebt, tot om je heen kijken en nieuwsgierig zijn naar de dingen die je nog níet kent.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked two topics in the book, the first one is (Education) and the other one is (Africa), they were unique and interesting.
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A collection of writings of how things are in the world and how they perhaps they should be, with essays about Africa, art, about literature and identity, importance of education, childhood, beauty, race. Themes connected through writing and the written word.

In some of these essays Okri plays on words, which give the collection a poetic, rhythmic feel. Reflective, thoughtful, eloquent and persuasive.

Y. L
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A timely read what with raging wars and lost planes.

Okri writes from his heart and the short essays and perspectives were surprisingly refreshing in comparison to the recent philosophy books I have been reading.

I especially love his approach and philosophy to life and how we should live, with my favourite essays being 'Plato's Dream', 'One Planet, One People' and 'When Colours Return Home to Light'- all touching on the subject of unity, equality, and freedom. His other essays were a bit of a hi
A Time For New Dreams is a painfully, overwhelmingly beautiful collection of poetic essays about childhood, Africa, being a writer, responsabiluty and honour of being a poet, poetry, life, London, photograohy and so much!

Those are some of my favourites essays:

"Books are like mirrors. Don't just read the words. Go into the mirrot. That is where the real secrets are. Inside. Behind. That's where the gods dream, where our realities are born".

"Africa is our dreamland, our spiritual homeland."

"It's A
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very inspiring book the language is so poetic and effective.I really liked how some essays beautifully made me contemplate and read again such as the self censorship,one planet one people ,on childhood,writers and nation, photography and immortality. On the other hand there were some essays out of beauty in meanings and the massage was erratic such as an essay in ricochet. This book did really inspire me and it's one of the books that I would certainly read again ;) ...more
3,5 stars
very poetic, which can be annoying sometimes. It carries a universal message. At times i thought what the writer asked the people to do was unrealistic. Some articles were BEAUTIFUL. I will quote a lot from this book. I loved his articles on childhood, writers and nations, seeing and being, self-censorship, the future city, form and content and healing Africa. This book should be read in a quiet, comfortable place with a cup of coffee.

Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fast-to-read book that contains a few enjoyable quotes and articles. However, I thought that the rest of the book (most of it) is just a heap load of philosophical and spiritual nonsense. But that's just me... ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my LIFEBOOK. If you haven't read this book, please do because I promise, you will never regret it. Ben Okri's writing has a poetic beauty of its own and his short essays are relevant to life itself. It something everyone should both read, and remember. ...more
Avita Kaur
So beautiful, so magical...
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooked to Ben Okri.
Julian Summerhayes
I fell in love with this book from the first page to the last. It's one of those books that I will return to again and again. It's a little bit like Thoreaux but more contemporary. ...more
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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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