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Ben Okri

Autor(a) de The Famished Road

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About the Author

Ben Okri, 1959 - Nigerian novelist, Ben Okri was born in Minna. After his birth, his family moved to England so his father could study law. At the age of seven, his family returned to Nigeria and his father practiced in Lagos. His childhood was influenced by the Nigerian civil war. He was mostrar mais constantly being withdrawn from schools so most of his education was at home. After failing to be placed in a university, Okri began writing articles on social and political issues. Most of them were not published, but he began writing short stories based on these articles and they began finding their way into women's journals and evening papers. In 1978, he moved back to England where he studied comparative literature at Essex University but was forced to leave without a degree because of a lack of funds. He was a poetry editor of West Africa and worked also for the BBC. At nineteen, he finished his first novel "Flowers and Shadows" and it was published in 1980. The story attacked corruption in newly independent Nigeria and tells of a successful businessman whose jealous relatives make his life difficult. Okri's second novel, "The Landscapes Within" (1981), traces the adventures of a young, poor painter in Lagos. This novel was followed by two collections of short stories, "Incidents at the Shrine" (1986), and "Starts of the New Curfew" (1988). Several of the stories tell of the Biafran War from a child's eyes. The novel "The Famished Road" (1991) tells the story of a character who must choose between the pain of mortality and the land of the spirits. Okri's next novel, "Songs of Enchantment" (1993), continued with the mythical and poetical view of the world. "An African Elegy" (1992), is a collection of poems with classical themes. Okri has won several awards, which include the Booker Prize (1991), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa (1987), the Paris Review Aga Khan prize for fiction, the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize, and the Premio Grinzane Cavour. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Ben Okri

The Famished Road (1991) 2,370 cópias
Astonishing the Gods (1995) 307 cópias
Songs of Enchantment (1993) 278 cópias
Dangerous Love (1996) 221 cópias
Infinite Riches (1998) 182 cópias
Stars of the New Curfew (1988) 148 cópias
Starbook (2007) 142 cópias
The Freedom Artist (2019) 110 cópias
In Arcadia (2002) 102 cópias
Incidents at the Shrine (1986) 80 cópias
The Age of Magic (2014) 79 cópias
A Way of Being Free (1997) 67 cópias
Mental Fight (1999) 58 cópias
An African Elegy (1992) 55 cópias
A Prayer for the Living (2019) 48 cópias

Associated Works

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 822 cópias
Modern Poetry from Africa (1963) — Contribuinte, algumas edições267 cópias
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Contribuinte — 177 cópias
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuinte — 108 cópias
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories (2002) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
More Great Railway Journeys (1996) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Great Railway Journeys | More Great Railway Journeys (1997) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories (1995) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Van Gogh and Britain (2019) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
Pieter Hugo: Kin (1687) — Short story — 14 cópias


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AFRICAN NOVEL CHALLENGE JULY 2023 - ACHEBE / OKRI em 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (Agosto 2023)
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AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
I was eager to read this book because the synopsis lent a feeling of otherworldliness that intrigued me. It described an abiku, or spirit child, born into the human world but who decides to remain human. His companions from the spirit realm then decide to bring him back to the spirit world. I also had never read anything from an African author so I was looking forward to this. However, it wasn't long before I found it a chore to finish the book. I largely felt that the story had no direction and did not match up with my impressions from the synopsis. There was not much about the boy's choice to remain human or about the other spirits' attempts to bring him home. I felt the story focused more on his day to day life and his father's personal development.

The postmodern writing style was new to me and did not suit my tastes. This is what really contributed to my feelings that the writing was just all over the place. I couldn't make heads or trails of what the authors true purpose was in telling this story. There were clear measures about the political and economic climate in African nations but I just didn't know what the author wanted this book to be.
Oddly enough, the final chapter represented a clear departure from the style of the rest of the book and I found it energizing, but it was too little too late.
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BlackAsh13 | outras 37 resenhas | Oct 10, 2023 |
This collection of stories reminds me of nothing so much as the classic by D.O. Fagunwa, also of Nigeria, Forest of a Thousand Daemons. I don’t think that these stories have the imagination or power of Fagunwa’s novel—which I parenthetically urge you to read; it’s brilliant—but they do share an emphasis on phantasmagoria drawn from local mythologies. The stories largely deal with the newly independent Nigeria as it falls prey to greed and violence and its ties to its history and traditional values begin to disintegrate. A promising work and I look forward to my next work by him.… (mais)
Gypsy_Boy | Aug 24, 2023 |
It is unfortunate that this child's version of [The Overstory] makes you want to shred the sanctimonious shrubbery. There is no mention of some of the most absolutely amazing aspects of individual trees, but largely generalities and over simplifications. I can't see this winning over the heart of child.
quondame | 1 outra resenha | Jul 11, 2023 |



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