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A famished tale,
This review is from: The Famished Road (Paperback)
The kind of book you either love or hate, I guess, depending on how you respond to magic realism (or whatever moniker it's going under these days). I hated it. I found it tedious: the 'spirit' aspect felt inauthentic while the 'this world' narrative and characters felt lifeless and unimaginative.
Basically, it tells the story of Azaro, a spirit child (child with a close relationship to the spirit world) in a turbulent but modernising country that we understand is Nigeria (although to my recollection this is never stated).
I suppose the 'spirit world' aspect of the book represents the traditional culture of Nigeria which exists in parallel with the modern 'secular' society which is beginning to emerge (during the period of the narrative). I just wish the author hadn't got quite so caught up in the joy of describing its fabulous beings.