The Famished Road

The Famished Road

Book - 1992
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Winner of the 1991 Booker Prize--Britain's most prestigious literary award--and a tour de force by a brilliant young Nigerian writer, The Famished Road takes place in the impoverished ghetto community of an African country. The narrator, a spirit-child with special powers that lead him into mischief, persuades readers to see the world through his revealing eyes.
Publisher: New York : N.A. Talese, 1992
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S
ISBN: 9780385424769
Characteristics: 500 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 30, 2016

And now we have Marlon James with "A Brief History of Seven Killings". Also has elements of magical realism. The subject centers on the intersection of political upheaval in Jamaica and the outside influence of a cultural icon, one who's vision clashes with the power structures of his day and time. James won the Man Booker prize for this novel in 2015.

Sep 08, 2015

Painstakingly descriptive, with a strong surreal magical realism. This is one of the most elaborate novels I have seen coming from Africa, with an elaborate prose.

Apr 15, 2011

This is not an easy book to read, but, it is a magnificent one. It is full of complex topics, beautiful prose, hope, despair, and rich characters. Read it slowly, then put it down for a while, or read it if you can in one go. But, do read it. It is so worth it.


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