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Ben Okri
Vintage; First Printing edition (1992)
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The Famished Road is a novel by Nigerian author Ben Okri, the first book in a trilogy that continues with Songs of Enchantment and Infinite Riches.

The Famished Road is a novel by Nigerian author Ben Okri, the first book in a trilogy that continues with Songs of Enchantment and Infinite Riches. Published in London in 1991 by Jonathan Cape, the story of the novel follows Azaro, an abiku or spirit child, living in an unnamed, most likely Nigerian, city.

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

Okri Be. en Okri The Famished Road SECTION 1 BOOK 1 ONE IN THE BEGINNING there was a river. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry. In that land of beginnings spirits mingled with the unborn.

Okri Be. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. We could assume numerous forms. Many of us were birds. We knew no boundaries. There was much feasting, playing, and sorrowing. We feasted much because of.

Okri's magical realism is distinctive; his prose is charged with passion and energy, electrifying in its imagery. The sheer bulk of episodes, many of which are repetitious in their evocation of supernatural phenomena, tends to slow narrative momentum, but they build to a powerful, compassionate vision of modern Africa and the magical heritage of its myths.

The Famished Road rekindled my sense of wonder While reading the opening pages, I thought I would love this book. Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays

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. While reading the opening pages, I thought I would love this book. Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays.

Ben Okri's 1991 Booker prizewinner is a lush blend of Yoruba myth and postcolonial Nigerian misery, says James Purdon. They named me Lazaro," explains the narrator of The Famished Road, Ben Okri's 1991 Booker winner. But as I became a subject of much jest, and as many were uneasy with the connection between Lazaro and Lazarus, Mum shortened my name to Azaro. You might think of Azaro as a short Lazarus: the spirit-child, or abiku, of Yoruba myth, who flits between the paradisiacal "world of pure dreams" and the poverty and suffering of a modern west.

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First published by Vintage in 2003. First published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape in 1991. Ben Okri, The Famished Road.

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  • Jazu
Poetic, somewhat hypnotic Booker Prize winning novel about a spirit-child born to a poor struggling couple in an unnamed West African country, probably Nigeria where this author is from. It was long and at times hard to stick with and was best read somewhat fast as the fantastical dream-spirit world- child perceptions of the chaotic slum neighborhood swirl into and out of each other in a spell-binding, often poetic but confusing and often repetitive prose. The overall effect really worked, though, and I found myself highlighting many passages both for the poetry and for the philosophy.
  • Natety
Winner of the Booker Prize when it was published in 1991, The Famished Road is a novel of post-colonial Nigeria. The author blends the spiritual world with the changing modern world to reveal the difficult birth of a nation struggling for independence.

This is one of those books that I didn’t particularly enjoy reading, and yet, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and talking about it. I greatly enjoyed the use of metaphor in this novel. The Famished Road, is a metaphor for the country’s road to independence – it hungrily eats away at the past, and leaves many casualties in it’s wake.

The problem I have with many prize-winning novels, is that they are often missing the one component which would lift them to five star status: a riveting story with characters a reader can care about. The spirit-world gimmick certainly has its place in this book, but at times it takes over and it is one of the reasons why The Famished Road is about 200 pages too long.
  • Anayalore
I really wanted to like this book, and kept slogging on. But while the writing was very good, and the main character compelling, the story line just didn't seem to be going anywhere. I gave up after about 200 pages, having simply lost interest to know any more of the story.
  • Stonewing
A combination of poetry and prose, the best word I can use to describe this book is: vivid. The parallels between the political climate portrayed and that of our time are uncanny. I am not sure I would say it lacked plot, but because the writing throughout was very trippy, it was far too long. Still, for those of us who live in a white bread world, it is well worth reading for a look at the struggles of extreme poverty.
  • Lavivan
The voice of the narrator, a mysteriously wise child, allows the suspension of disbelief to carry you back and forth through the visible world and the spirit world. The author is a master of descriptive language. Anyone who enjoys magical realism should enjoy this book.
  • Rude
“In the beginning there was a river,” reads the first line of this book. THE FAMISHED ROAD is a river journey taken by Nigerian spirit child, Azaro, through multiple dimensions of existence that encompass the physical, spiritual, religious, cultural, social, and political realms. Ben Okri’s language is lush and lyrical, even when describing episodes of domestic abuse or the violence of political tyranny that are fueled by ignorance, greed, and conditions of devastating poverty. After certain passages, I found myself putting the book down, closing my eyes, and taking a deep breath so I could fully absorb the impact of descriptive scenes that engaged all my senses and literally left me breathless. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy the experience of being immersed in the fluidity of poetic prose and are not expecting a linear storyline and plot.
  • Whiteflame
I enjoyed the story but after a while I found it to be extremely repetitive. The young protagonist gets into the same kind of weird scrapes over and over again until it gets tiresome. I think the book could have been about half its length and would probably have held my interest more.
A feast of beauty, love, and joy. Every page is a poem. The best book I have ever read.
Reading this book made me feel so exultant---it affirmed everything I believe, that love and beauty and joy are the reasons for living---that I handed out copies to everyone I knew who enjoyed reading (it's a long book, and not an "easy" read, but the language is exquisite). I was so filled with joy that I wanted them to share it, too.
Then the weirdest thing happened: THE BOOK ACTS AS A MIRROR. It strongly moved everyone who read it, but apparently you take from it what you bring to it. I don't know how this magic works, but it seems that the message you respond to in the book is the message that your soul is attuned to.
My environmentalist friend, for instance, was appalled at the destruction of the land; she saw nothing beautiful in the book. The friend who'd lost her mother was so moved by emotion about mothers and children that she took to bed for two days. The adoption-agency friend was angry about the plight of the children. The egocentric friend never saw any further than the surface of the plot line about power. The friend who tends toward the paranoid talked for weeks about alternate motivations for the characters. The adventurer friend was inspired to visit Africa again. And on and on.
I couldn't believe it. What I had thought was a beautiful, heart-filling affirmation of love and beauty and joy in the everyday, no matter what the circumstances, turned out to be a message only I was hearing. The book seems to reveal or affirm its readers' personalities in ways I and they didn't expect.
I've reread The Famished Road several times now, and it still resonates as strongly as the first time, from the very first line. One quick excerpt to give you the flavor: "My son, there is a wonderful wind blowing in my mind. I drank the moon tonight. The stars are playing on a flute. The air is sweet with the music of an invisible genius. Love is crying in my flesh, singing strange songs. The rain is full of flowers and their scent makes me tremble as if I am becoming a real man. I see great happiness in our future. I see joy. I see you walking out of the sun. I see gold in your eyes. Your flesh glitters with the dust of diamonds. I see your mother as the most beautiful woman in the world."
This book is so rich with hope and so full of beauty that it makes me weep.
Ben Okri, you are a genius. Thank you.