The Famished Road

The Famished Road

By (author) Ben Okri


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Azaro is a spirit child who is born only to live for a short while before returning to the idyllic world of his spirit companions. Now he has chosen to stay in the world of the living. This is his story.

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 42mm | 399.16g
  • 27 Jul 1992
  • London
  • English
  • 0099929309
  • 9780099929307
  • 26,668

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Ben Okri's books have won several awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the prestigious International Literary Prize Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore 1993. The Famished Road won the Booker Prize in 1991. He was born in Minna, Nigeria.

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"Overwhelming - just buy it for its beauty" New Statesman "A brilliant read, unlike anything you have ever read before...the message is universal" 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 move through every day life - is from ancient Greece and medieval romances" Independent "Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence. As one startling image follows the next, The Famished Road begins to read like an epic poem that happens to touch down just this side of prose... When I finished the book and went outside, it was as if all the trees of South London had angels sitting in them" -- Linda Grant Independent on Sunday

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Booker Prize Winner in 1991. This magical novel, by a Nigerian writer living in Britain, depicts Azaro, a spirit child, and his adventures which take place in a teeming, exuberant world where reality and vision blur. Endowed with special powers that lead him into mischief, and pursued by other spirits, Azaro shows us the world through his enchanted eyes. (Kirkus UK)

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