The Famished Road
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The Famished Road

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WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE. 1991. So long as we are alive, so long as we feel, so long as we love, everything in us is an energy we can use. He is born into a world of poverty, ignorance and injustice, but Azaro awakens with a smile on his face. Despite belonging to a spirit world made of enchantment, where there is no suffering, Azaro chooses to stay in the land of the Living: to feel it, endure it, know it and love it. This is his story.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 42mm | 399.16g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • repr.
  • 0099929309
  • 9780099929307
  • 101,267

About Ben Okri

Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London.show more

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"This is a book to generate apostles. People will be moved and, with stars in their eyes, will pass on the word" Time Out "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 "In a magnificent feat of sustained imaginative writing, Okri spins a tale that is epic and intimate at the same time. The Famished Road rekindled my sense of wonder. It made me, at age 50, look at the world through the wide eyes of a child" -- Michael Palin "Overwhelming - just buy it for its beauty" New Statesman "The Famished Road is a masterpiece if one ever existed" -- Jay Parini Boston Sunday Globeshow more

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"This is a book to generate apostles. People will be moved and, with stars in their eyes, will pass on the word"show more

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'A dazzling achievement for any writer in any language' New York Times Book Review 'A rich, provocative and hopeful vision of the world, stuffed full of drama and surprise' Independent 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. 'A brilliant read...unlike anything you have ever read before...the message is universal' The Times Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence... When I finished the book and went outside, it was as if all the trees of South London has angels sitting in them' Independent on Sunday 'A masterly portrait' Guardian 'Overwhelming...just buy it for its beauty' New Statesman Also by Ben Okri in The Famished Road trilogy: [jpegs of Songs and Infinite Riches]show more

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8,629 ratings
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