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The Fishermen (2015)

de Chigozie Obioma

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"Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they encounter a madman who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact--both tragic and redemptive--will transcend the lives and imaginations of The Fishermen's characters and its readers"--Page 4 of cover.… (mais)
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I loved reading this but find it hard to remember the details of it now, 6 months later. It's a tragic but beautifully written tale of some brothers who just can't escape the fate they bring upon themselves. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 12, 2021 |
Just extraordinary. Beautifully written, authentically moving and stirring.

I have a little hobby of writing to authors whose books I love. Here is what I wrote earlier today to Chigozie Obioma:

Dear Mr. Obioma,

I wanted to tell you how thrilling your novel, The Fishermen, is. I am listening to the Audible version and the narration by Chukwudi Iwuji is just perfect.

As the narrative closed in on the deaths of the two elder brothers, I felt myself consumed by a kind of anxiety, wishing for some rescue to come to the family I had come to care for so much--not just to rescue the brothers, but to forestall the suffering that would ensue for them all in the aftermath. It is not every novel that can pull a reader so close to its characters. I read an interview with you in which you said that a novel should satisfy three things: having something definite to say, having an arc of beginning, middle, end, and being rooted in some philosophical framework. I really love that articulation of what fiction can be. To me, it suggests that it works on multiple levels and that story draws you in toward deeper issues and greater nuances.

Although I am listening to the book, I may have to buy the hard copy because I want to be able to see the language--it is just exquisite. I love the range of it: I heard the word "gallimaufry" this morning, which might be one end of the spectrum that extends to include pidgeon english, Yoruba and Igbo words, and vocalizations--all of which, as I said, the narrator performs perfectly. The language is swift, poetic, and laden with feelings and meanings. My husband is from a village in the Gambia, and there is a certain exclamation of surprise or dismay, in a high pitch, that I have heard both in your book and in my trips to the Gambia. In fact, the book as a whole reminds me of that part of West Africa that I have visited. I believe you said elsewhere that although Africa is not one place, there is some commonality that embraces the many places of Africa, and for this reason you view yourself as an African writer, not just a Nigerian writer. I am not sure I understood you correctly, but I thought this was interesting and want to consider it more.

I thank you for a wonderful book and wish you every success. I look forward to the next one!

With best regards,

Jane Warner Dukuray

P.S. I also love the tension between western education and belief systems and indigenous belief: another thing readily observable in the Gambia and Senegal. I hope your Abulu Sightings continues and grows.

*******

I am eagerly hoping he writes back to me.

I wrote the letter before I had actually finished, which I now have. The book has a lovely ending. Also, the author (who is not yet 30) is totally charming and interesting to listen to. He has a Tumblr called "Abulu Sightings" that is meant to portray some of the homeless and derelict people who are common across Africa. One of them, Abulu, figures prominently in the story. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
I liked the glimpse this one gave me of another culture, but it wasn't nearly as big or important a book to me as was Half of a Yellow Sun, which offered not only the look at another culture but greater beauty, tragedy, and richness than this one did. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Gosh, this was good! Narrator, Ben, tags along with his three older brothers, when Father is away and they wag school to go fishing. An encounter with a local madman and his prophecy that the eldest will be killed by one of his siblings, has far-reaching and terrible effects, as a very normal Nigerian family starts to find themselves in a kind of Greek tragedy.
I couldn't put it down; you have no clue where it's going. The characters are all very real and believable and you're on the edge of your seat. Really absorbs you in the world of smalltown Nigeria- its politics, culture and religion- but is also a compelling narrative that resounds with every reader.
Quite brilliant. ( )
  starbox | Dec 20, 2020 |
A sort of modern-day Macbeth in which a set of brothers is unraveled by the power of suggestion in a madman's prophecy. Obioma is a very promising young writer, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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In his exploration of the mysterious and the murderous, of the terrors that can take hold of the human mind, of the colors of life in Africa, with its vibrant fabrics and its trees laden with fruit, and most of all in his ability to create dramatic tension in this most human of African stories, ­Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to ­Chinua Achebe.
adicionado por ozzer | editarNew York Times, Fiammetta Rocco (Apr 14, 2015)
 
Set in 1990s Nigeria against a backdrop of modernisation, westernisation and political upheaval, The Fishermen tells the story of four brothers whose lives are destroyed by a madman’s prophecy. Using myth to great effect, Obioma explores the customs of the community of Akure, detailing how the fates of its people are intricately linked to their beliefs.

The narrator is nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of the brothers, whose imaginative world view lends a striking voice to the tale. In a book that is loaded with metaphor, where parents speak in parables to warn their children of danger, many of the chapters start with Ben likening his family to animals: “Ikenna was a python: A wild snake that became a monstrous serpent living on trees, on plains above other snakes.” These comparisons mark changes in characters and presage the dangers to come.
adicionado por avatiakh | editarThe Irish Times, Sarah Gilmartin (Mar 15, 2015)
 

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The footsteps of one man cannot create a stampede.

IGBO PROVERB

The madman has entered our house with violence
Defiling our sacred grounds
Claiming the single truth of the universe
Bending down our high priests with iron
Ah! yes the children,
Who walked on our Forefathers' graves
Shall be stricken with madness.
They shall grow the fangs of the lizard
They shall devour each other before our eyes
And by ancient command
It is forbidden to stop them!


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We were fishermen:
My brothers and I became fishermen in January 1996 after our father moved out of Akure, a town in the west of Nigeria, where we had lived together all our lives.
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"Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they encounter a madman who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact--both tragic and redemptive--will transcend the lives and imaginations of The Fishermen's characters and its readers"--Page 4 of cover.

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