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The Famished Road by Ben Okri
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Jan 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: booker-prize

The magical and fantastical elements of this tale are derived from a potent mix of cultural beliefs and malaria. The village where young Azaro lives is situated close to a swamp (breeding ground for mosquitoes)so many of the inhabitants will have malaria. Some of the time Azaro is lucid at other times, when the protozoan is multiplying in his blood stream he becomes confused and hallucinates. This may account for some of the more bizarre encounters that seem to have turned some of the previous reviewers off this book. There are no mosquito nets, no anti-malarial drugs and no education about this preventable disease...... no wonder belief in the spirit world and vodoo are prevalent.

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