Astonishing The Gods [Ben Okri] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a story for all ages, set in a time and place best known to lovers. to contribute a book review of one of my recent reads, Astonishing the Gods by Nigerian author, Ben Okri. I was both extremely excited and. Set on an enchanted island, Astonishing the Gods is shot through with the gentle magic of Ben Okri’s imaginative prose. Okri’s fifth novel is an.

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The multiple personality is part of the mystery which, in Rosie Boycott’s words “adds to the enchantment”. I have an inner intuition that now guides me in my life and tells me what to do at any given moment.

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It was snowing and kids started rolling the snow into really hard balls and pelting us. I gave my book club a selection of Okri’s work and I have a funny feeling they at going to be very cranky with me. This book was tough for me to finish, despite the fact that it is quite short. But much of the poem concerns old mistakes. Yet his question remains: Jul 13, Matt rated it liked it.

I wonder what book you were reading.

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Oct 13, Michele rated it it was amazing. Interrupted in his defence of misunderstanding with the news that a moment ago he sounded as if he minded a great deal, Okri explains the confusion. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The created world sparkles and although at first appearing to be a utopian place, there is an underlying cruel current which seems oddly apt. Publishers are inclined to be unscrupulously selective when they fillet a single sentence of praise from an otherwise hostile review.

awtonishing I understand it’s possible to argue a convincing case for both those statements but that wasn’t what happened. Putting aside the literal interpretation of drought and famine, which is not Okri’s style, the meaning is at least ambiguous.

We have our past civilisation. After reading the book, I realised the first and last paragraph carried the exact same message. Excellent review, Ste J. Ann Schlee author of The Proprietor was captivated by “the way in which he slips in and out of reality”.

This is astonishng of an extended short story than a novel. As a boy in Nigeria he wrote “thousands of poems and many of them bad”.

When i read Astonishing the Gods, I will do so with more time to savour the journey because like life that is what we should do. It is not the work they attack. The contemporary peakers always think that other people never had a peak, that all they had was dark ages”. Correction 3 12 Jul 10, Jeremy Treglown don and chairman of the judges recalls reading it in his garden and enjoying it so much that he called his daughter out to share his pleasure. Okri wrote it to mark the Millennium which he regards as “a great shining, hopeful moment, a good time to belt out a joyful story”.

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It’s not a reachable goal. I can only compare my experience to getting a wisdom tooth extracted without anesthetic, while sitting on a rusty six inch nail. It was fantastic, yet crap.

This site uses cookies. Okri most enjoys talking about literature, not, much to his credit, his own work but the influences which have inspired him. What I learned from this book? He changed tack and won a government scholarship to read liberal arts in England.

At the same time he was reading every book he could lay his hands on. Or am I just off at a tangent here because of reading only a chapter? Haha, an Escher painting, that is a brilliant observation. Sep 06, Marlene rated it it was ok Shelves: So, to round up, if you’re a spiritual person and like reading for higher meaning this could be the book for you but if you prefer a more traditional story it’s probably not.