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Famished Road, the (1991) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their child, Azaro's loving parents are made destitute. The tension between the land of the living, with its violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree kingdom of the spirits propels this latter-day Lazarus's story.

Original title: The Famished Road
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyLiterary FantasyMagical Realism

Edition #1: The Famished Road

The Famished Road (1991)
Awards: The Man Booker Prize (1991)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence. As one startling image follows the next, The Famished Road begins to read like an epic poems that happens to touch down just this side of prose...When I finished this book and went outside, it was is if all the trees of South London had angels sitting in them." Linda Grant, Independent on SUnday
  • "A brilliant read, unlike anything you have ever read before...the message is universal." Philip Howard, The Times
  • "It is a rich, provocative and hopeful vision of the world, stuffed full of drama and surprise...its literary lineage - the ease with which spirits mover through every day life - is from ancient Greece and medieval romances." Robert Winder, Independent
  • "This is a book to generatle apostles. People will be moved and, stars in their eyes, will pass on the word." Robert Yates, Time Out
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The Famished Road (1993)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0385425139
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.7 x .9
Pages: 512

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The Famished Road (1992)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0099929309
Pages: 500

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