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An Orchestra of Minorities: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 Kindle Edition
Obioma's novel is electrifying, a meticulously crafted character drama told with emotional intensity.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Will have readers laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
A multicultural fable that her-alds a new master of magical realism.-- "BookPage (starred review)"
Obioma overwhelms readers with a visceral sense of Chinonso's humanity, his love, his rage, and his despair as he struggles between fate and self-determination.-- "Library Journal (starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07B9XKV9F
- Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group; 1st edition (3 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1562 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0316412392
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,203 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I didn't : A tendency to ramble makes this a tedious read.
This book is far better than the earlier one though.
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Hurrr-rrr-chh! (A screech of brakes, or a needle skidding on vinyl).
Alas, I just didn’t take to it.
The omniscient narrator (a guardian spirit) waffled on in a simplistic writing style that had me rolling my eyes and wishing we could bring a rescue team of literary greats back from the dead. The first few chapters were all exposition and there was nothing here that resembled an actual story. Our ethereal narrator kept repeating, "I had seen it many times." To which I retorted, "Yes, you’ve said it many times too, you parrot!"
And ... relax.
So, while the cosmic blather continued with no sign of anything resembling dialogue or human interaction on the horizon, I shimmied into a lifebuoy and prepared to jump ship.
Happily, though, a story did begin to emerge. And a very promising one at that. A tale of Nonso Olisa, an ill-starred Nigerian poultry farmer who falls in love with a woman who, as a result of being jilted, was intent on throwing herself off a bridge.
"Ah-ha! That’s more like it!" I cheered, casting off my lifebuoy and getting myself nice and comfy.
Auspiciously, the author began to move through his literary gears, fashioning a contemporary Greek tragedy that suggested it might finally live up to its star billing (and what eventually happens to our unworldly chicken farmer when he relocates to Cyprus is a complete volte-face from the book’s uneventful opening chapters). The scene was set and I was ready to give it a second chance.
But, d’oh! Again with the exposition! Chigozie Obiama snatches defeat from the jaws of victory by reintroducing yet more explanatory notes (groan) that are surely surplus to requirements. There’s a potentially-moving human story here that needs to be told! (A thorough edit and word cull would have done this novel a power of good).
The story continued to advance like a slug through treacle and, despite his terrible woes, I lost all sympathy for the hapless main character (he is largely the architect of his own downfall). I rooted for Ndali (the lady from the bridge) much more. The pacing throughout remained leaden and I really struggled to get to the finishing line.
An Orchestra of Minorities 🖤
The only reason I could justify reading a book of this size during term time is a) it’s a twist on Greek classic The Odyssey and b) it kept me sane during the last month of term which has been quite draining.
Having read this and a few others in the same genre I legit want to study Igbo culture and language full time! I am convinced that my chi previously inhabited a host from the time of The Great Fathers and guides me to the people and books that have educated me this last year.
Love does things to people (good and bad) and this book reveals the human complexity and the extent to which mental health issues/pain can blur the lines between evil and rightful revenge.
I also enjoyed how the story was told from the perspective of his chi. Made me start thinking if I had my own personal chi who intervened on my behalf.
I really love this book and don’t think I’ll be getting over it anytime soon.