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An Orchestra of Minorities
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma. Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped her in her tracks. Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home. Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination..
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mklong
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Mehso-so

This was a very frustrating read for me. I think I could have really liked it, and at times I did, it‘s just that I felt like my shoes kept getting stuck in the mud. It is slow, but not the kind that is quietly building tension or atmosphere, it‘s the kind where you feel stuck in details and are just dying for the story to get moving again. #BookerPrize Shortlist 6/6

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sophierayton
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Met Chigozie Obioma tonight!

TheEllieMo Cheltenham? 1w
sophierayton Yes, Cheltenham - UK 1w
andrew61 Great photo, this was a highlight of shortlist and as i enjoyed the fishermen as well look forward to future book. Glad you enjoyed. 1w
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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t an easy book to read - it‘s written in Igbo traditional style so the story is told from the POV of the MC‘s chi (or soul).

It‘s also quite a depressing read, about a man who is rejected by his girlfriend‘s family, due to his social status, and all of the terrible things that befall him as a result.

I wouldn‘t say I enjoyed it, but I am glad that I read it....

Cathythoughts I really liked it & am glad I read it too 👍🏻♥️ 2w
lele1432 I like this cover version! 2w
Cinfhen I liked it and right now from the #BookerBooks I‘ve read that are shortlisted this is my favorite 2w
TrishB Have it, but not got to it yet! 2w
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @TrishB I think I just struggled a bit with the ‘fantastical‘ element.... I‘d still definitely recommend it @TrishB 👍😁 2w
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andrew61
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Pickpick

This is a book which drew me into the story of a Nigerian man Chinoso whose chance encountee with a woman who is about to throw herself of a bridge changes the course of life completely. I was captured by his trials and tribulations which are narrated by his igbo spirit who has visited many lives over centuries. I loved the folklore and culture and feel that if it won the booker it would show that the prize is not purely American/ British centric

Cinfhen I agree!! There was something very unique to this story and the storytelling was SO GOOD 4w
Tamra Yesterday I downloaded the audio! 😀 4w
rwmg I don't think the Booker is US/UK centric. There have been winners from Trinidad, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, India and Jamaica. 4w
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andrew61 @Tamra look forward to seeing your comments. 4w
andrew61 @rwmg you may be right but certainly the strange decision to introduce America to the competition has reduced the ability to have a more nationally diverse competition with 2 of the last 3 winners being from US. Thus spaces on the longlist and shortlist are taken up by American novels which historically might have gone to other areas. Certainly the last indian winner was a while ago and african even longer. My impression, and i may be wrong. 4w
rwmg @andrew61 Does including Americans reduce diversity because Americans write better books or have better publicists or a larger publishing industry with more authors or what? 4w
andrew61 Not sure about the better books. But it does reduce the opportunity for authors from countries which otherwise may have made the list from gaining recognition. The mbi for example does allow exploration of new writers, id have never have read a book in translation from oman otherwise. Im sure ultimately the booker may be more about the power of publishers but an interesting debate. I'll look forward to the result. 4w
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andrew61
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#booked2019 21newin2019
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
#manbooker2019
My second of the shortlist and i have 2 others in reserve at library. Im halfway through and i am living every misfortune that falls upon poor Chinoso so this scene where a group of children mob him mistaking him for Ronaldinho and he then is overwhelmed by sadness just floored me.
So far i am enjoying it a lot.

LeahBergen Lovely bookmark! 1mo
andrew61 @LeahBergen thanks, i keep finding them down the side of settees! ☺ 1mo
Cinfhen I really liked this book a lot and I‘m really glad it made the shortlist however I‘m halfway through the Shafak novel and I have to admit, I think it‘s better 1mo
andrew61 @Cinfhen oh great as that book is waiting for me at the library so hopefully ill pick it up Monday. 1mo
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Graywacke
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Pickpick

First, this really captured me. Beautiful setting. And even though I could see the accidents coming, still they got to me. Even as I learned of Chinonso‘s flaws, still I was taken in by his elegant, if limited, restraint.

The rest is 👇

Graywacke Arguably a contemporary Igbo Odyssey, there is also a lot of Dante (and maybe Virgil?). Chinonso‘s story is told by his Chi, an Igbo guardian spirit of a sort who can see his thoughts, see the world around him, understand things his host, Chinonso, can‘t. But the spirit can only help him so much, mainly he is a witness. This Chi watches him stumble into a beautiful paradise and then watches it all fall apart. Recommended! (edited) 1mo
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Kalalalatja
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Panpan

“But I must render it all in as much detail as I can” - oh, how I wish you wouldn‘t. This was too long, with too many digressions which took me out of a story I had trouble enough following. Obioma‘s writing is beautiful, but it wasn‘t enough to save the experience for me. It is a shame, because I loved The Fishermen

#BookerPrize2019

JennyM 🤣🤣🤣 love your review! 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes. Great review 👍🏻♥️. I am a fan of the book though .. loved it 1mo
Hooked_on_books I had a similar response. I‘m beginning to think I should avoid the books on the Booker list. 1mo
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TrishB Interesting 👍🏻 I have but not yet reads 1mo
TrishB @Hooked_on_books I usually think like that too! 1mo
AnneCecilie I had some issues with “The Fisherman”, so then I‘ll stay away from this. At least for now. (edited) 1mo
emilyhaldi I got this from the library and returned it after reading just a few pages... glad I did 😅 1mo
Kalalalatja @JennyM @Cathythoughts @AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi to be fair, I don‘t think this was the right time for me to read it, but bad timing can‘t explain it all 🙄 @Hooked_on_books @TrishB they are always hit or miss for me. Currently reading Ducks, Newburyport from the shortlist, and I‘m not sure what I feel about the 1000 pages long one sentence thing. 1mo
Hooked_on_books You‘re so ambitious to tackle Ducks. As soon as I heard about the structure I said no way! 1mo
Redheadrambles Yep, this one was a trial and no mistake! 1mo
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Kalalalatja
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My kind of Friday night 👌

Also, I‘m so ready to be finished with this book. I‘m sure it is great, but I‘m not feeling it #TooFarToBail

Simona I wasn't too excited either 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Redwritinghood I didn‘t like it either. 1mo
Kalalalatja @Simona @Redwritinghood just finished. Wasn‘t a fan, which is a shame, since I loved his first book! 1mo
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Redwritinghood
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Panpan

First book from #booker2019 shortlist finished! Unfortunately, I hated it. Verbose and trying way too hard to be tragic and dramatic. Also, the author often seemed more concerned with demonstrating Igbo mythology than creating sympathetic characters. Finally, any comparisons to The Odyssey are really missing the mark. There was some lovely prose in places, but it was often hard to find among the weeds. 2⭐️

DGRachel I find that I struggle with Man Booker nominees. I think I enjoyed one that I read last year and seriously hated a couple of the others. I find it useful to help select books I shouldn't waste my time on, as I know there's a good chance they won't be for me. 😉 1mo
rachelm I bailed on this one as an ARC and I don‘t regret it 1mo
Cinfhen I really LOVED this one!!! Especially for the myth, proverbs & folklore. I thought it was clever and engaging. 1mo
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Cathythoughts I loved this one too. It was a page turner for me ... 1mo
Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @rachelm @DGRachel This one seems to be a love it or hate it type of book. I just lost patience with it and would have bailed if it hadn‘t made the shortlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB It doesn‘t appeal to me at all. Your review confirms my suspicion 😉 (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen I second exactly what @BarbaraBB said! 1mo
Tamra Oh shoot! 1mo
batsy I'm with @BarbaraBB and @LeahBergen 😆 1mo
readordierachel Sorry the book was disappointing. At least your nails are amazing 😉 1mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel 💅🏻💅🏻💕💕 1mo
DivineDiana Too bad. 🙁 1mo
Redheadrambles One down five to go ?! 1mo
sudi I was actually going to buy this one, glad i read your review first 😊 1mo
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Kalalalatja
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Sitting down to read for the first time this week. Getting back to work has drained all my energy, but I‘m hoping to get through a few chapters tonight before I fall asleep 🤞

#currentlyreading

IvoryLunatic What do you think of this one so far? It looks intriguing. 1mo
Kalalalatja @IvoryLunatic I‘m liking it, the writing is beautiful (imo), but maybe a bit too “high brow” for my current energy levels. 1mo
CoffeeAndABook The first week of work after vacation is the worst! Sometimes I question the wisdom of traveling at all at those times 🙈 not seriously of course. But it gets better!! Hope you have a relaxing weekend with lots of lighthearted reading time ahead 🍹🍹🍹 1mo
Kalalalatja @CoffeeAndABook so true! I feel like I need a vacation to get over my vacation 😂 1mo
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Mitch
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The shortlist is out!

Dolly Ah, my impulse now is to search for which books were not chosen. I didn‘t read many of these but did read My Sister... and didn‘t think it worthy of a prize. (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Did u read Orchestra???? I know you were grappling with it. 2mo
emilyhaldi Ofcourse none of the 3 that I‘ve actually read made the short list! 2mo
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AnneCecilie I‘ve read Shafak, and while it was a good book I didn‘t love it. I‘m looking forward to reading “Ducks, Newburyport” and “Girl, Woman, Other”. 2mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I read 5 that didn‘t make it 😬 2mo
LeeRHarry There has only been one Booker prize winner that I have loved - some I have tried and am subsequently baffled as to why they won 🤨 (edited) 2mo
Mitch @Cinfhen I‘ve set is aside for a bit - but Bookclub is Monday night so I‘ll be reading over the weekend 🤞🏼 2mo
Mitch @Dolly agreed! 2mo
Cinfhen Hope you end up enjoying the book‼️I‘ll be curious to hear what the others in your group thought 2mo
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Kalalalatja
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Finally starting this book, which I have been looking forward to for so long!

#BookerPrize2019 #currentlyreading

Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻♥️I did love it 2mo
Kimberlone Those gummy candies look tasty! Sour candies are my weakness! 2mo
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conny
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This book reminds me that we all have our share of hardships. We need to harbor kindness & foster love to each other—especially in the recent wake of terror & violence around the world. I hope we can open our hearts & help lessen suffering for each other & seek change for the better.

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Graywacke
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Trying this, which is on the Booker Long List. Interesting start, narrated by a character‘s Chi - who seems so far to have a mild hidden influence on his subject.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It's a gorgeous day out here!! I'm not sure how much I'll be able to read with this library copy. Two other books are coming in today with 7-day limits on both! 😜 So this may get out aside until I read through those.

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Lindy
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Bailedbailed

While I enjoyed this initially, I lost interest after the first few chapters & by the time I got to chapter 6, I was dreading picking this up. It‘s either not the right time or not the right book for me, so it‘s going back to the library.

Redwritinghood You‘re tempting me. I‘m reading this right now and am also not feeling it. I‘m reading it because it‘s on the Booker longlist. I‘m only at the beginning, though, so will probably give it a little more time. 2mo
Lindy @Redwritinghood Sometimes you gotta know when to fold, but I wish you luck. I believe this is a worthy book for the right reader. 2mo
TrishB I have this ready 😁 interesting that you bailed - I don‘t see you do that a lot! 2mo
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Lindy @TrishB I hope you enjoy it. I usually have a good idea before I even start a book if it‘s going to hit the right note for me. I was wrong in this case. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Simona For me, this is a perfectly crafted story in terms of structure, the choice of the narrator, themes ... but at the end I had a big problem with the narrator. His voice was too manipulative and inconsistent in the different situations. 2mo
Lindy @Simona Interesting comments. I like the choice of narrator too, even though I had to wrap my head around the concept of a chi having such limited perspective. 2mo
Graywacke Interesting. I just got this on audio, because of the Booker list. Started this morning. I‘ll try to be patient. ( @Simona - also interesting to read your comment) 2mo
Lindy @Graywacke 🍀 2mo
Simona @Graywacke I‘m really curious about your thoughts, sometimes audiobook could be better choice. 2mo
Simona @Lindy Limited perspective was part of my problem, because further in the story it turns out that this isn‘t so limited and author uses narrator‘s omniscience for where he wants to take the story. 2mo
Lindy @Simona @Graywacke I agree about audio format: sometimes a good performance pulls me through a book I might otherwise have given up on. 2mo
Graywacke @Simona @Lindy since I‘m only about 45 minutes in (out of 18 hours), I can only say I like the narrator so far. Strong Nigerian accent adds some charm. 2mo
Lindy @Graywacke 👍 2mo
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BookwormM
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Mehso-so

#BookerPrize2019

3⭐️

Loved the first part, disliked the 2nd and hated the 3rd some beautiful writing and based on the description I should have loved this it just didn‘t work for me.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2924081773

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I thought the story telling was brilliant! A page turner for me 2mo
charl08 Your progress through the list is inspiring: I've got lots to go! 2mo
BookwormM @charl08 I on book 8 now unfortunately Testaments is not available until after short list announcement. Good luck with your reading 2mo
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Redheadrambles
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️
Booker 4 / 13

I am going to assume this novel is an exposé of toxic masculinity rather than the alternative read : one that is asking me to sympathise with this man's actions.

The fact that I remain unsure after 512 pages, concerns me.

Redwritinghood I‘m struggling with this one. 2mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood well I would love to say it is worth it but .... there are some positives but I might not be the best reader to ask about them :) Good Luck Jerrie ( the middle is very good ) 2mo
BookwormM I liked the beginning when things were simple and the chickens were all important but the end that was so bleh 2mo
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Simona
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Mehso-so

From perspective of the writing technique this book is perfect. Interesting story, perfect blend of old/traditional beliefs with the modern world, dynamic structure, deep characterization, main themes runs smoothly through the narration ... but I didn‘t liked the narrator - chi, spiritual guide. His almost pleading undertones in his voice was too dramatic for me, although I think that the narrator, as a plot device, is a brilliant choice. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

gradcat Nice review! 2mo
Simona @gradcat Thank you 😊 2mo
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TrishB
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Not sure if this has been posted or how long the offer is on!

MicheleinPhilly 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh !! I‘ve read it , but what an offer & it‘s so good 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
youneverarrived Just bought it, thanks for posting 😁 2mo
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Lindy
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By the fourth month after the encounter with the woman on the bridge, my host had almost ceased grieving. It was not that he was happy now, for even the hems of the garments of his brightest days were fringed with threads of sorrowful darkness. It was that he was alive again, open to the possibilities of happiness.

Cathythoughts ♥️ 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

It‘s an extraordinary journey this man goes on , his chi - his gaurdian spirit. ..narrates the story & refers to the farmer ( MC ) as his host , there is no human narrator.
I felt the story very strongly.
“ We imprison them & kill them when we want because they are not so powerful “
An orchestra of minorities - they can only wail & cry. Now , he did go on a bit towards the end , but still, it was 5 ⭐️ #Booked2019 #Personofcolormcparanormal

Cinfhen I agree, it got a tiny bit off the rails but by then I was already completely won over ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen me too - I was completely won over. Great story telling. He just has SO much to say ... a lot of words. But brilliant 3mo
Tamra If you liked it I‘ll check it out! 3mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I think you might like it ♥️👍🏻 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
Simona I‘m a little over halfway and I‘m not as excited as you are 😕 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks X 3mo
Cathythoughts @Simona oh dear 😬... the first half was my favorite. Maybe the second half will be yours 🤞🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m bummed you‘re not loving this book @Simona 😩😩😩 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen I‘m not disappointed by the story per se, it‘s only that I have problems with the narrator .... 3mo
Cinfhen The chi?? Or are you listening to an #audio? @Simona 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen No, I have ebook, and yes, Chi was my problem. I finished the book and I really don‘t like his almost pleading voice ... 3mo
Cinfhen Interesting @Simona I thought the Chi was the best part of the story 🤓 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen I like it as an idea - how powerful narration tool this is .... 3mo
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Lindy
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I had lived among mankind long enough to know that loneliness is the violent dog that barks interminably through the long night of grief.

Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! I thought this book was brilliant 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders It's on hold for me at the library right now! Just waiting for it to come in! 3mo
Lindy @Cinfhen I‘m only 2 chapters in. Enjoy it so far. 😊 3mo
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ladym30 Such a lovely face!❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Great quote ✨ 3mo
Lindy @ladym30 🐶My sister‘s dog Jack sleeps all day & barks all night, but that‘s because it‘s his job as one of 3 livestock guardians, patrolling the farm‘s perimeter, warning wolves & bears away. 3mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying the writing style very much. 3mo
llawela Love the tag. Added to my stack, thx 3mo
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Simona
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It‘s a strange name for a bag, so I googled it ... Some interesting history facts from my current read https://medium.com/the-original-impostor/where-does-ghana-must-go-come-from-a2df...

Cathythoughts I‘m reading it now too ... I‘m enjoying the book 👍🏻 3mo
Lindy I‘m about to start reading this too. Interesting that you mention Ghana Must Go bags. The first time I heard of them was in a novel of that name: 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts I‘m wondering about the role of the narrator - if he is only the narrator, or he will a more significant role later in the story 🤔 3mo
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Cathythoughts He is a wonderful narrator... it‘s an inspired idea ... interesting question you have 🤔 3mo
Simona @Lindy I‘ve never saw/heard this term before and I had to check the story behind that quite offensive term ... the book sounds very interesting, thank you for recommendation🙏 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts If his role is only as omniscient narrator I will be disappointed ... 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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I started this thinking I was only dipping in ... and I‘d see ... more than halfway now & the story telling is holding me ... I‘m reading on .. sometimes I‘m not even sure why .... but it flows & I can‘t put it down , I havnt stopped to think why I even like it , too caught up in the story 😊

JennyM That‘s the sign of a great book. Hope you keep loving! 3mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks !! I think I will ! I‘ll keep you posted. Yes , it‘s a great book 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Tamra I‘m intrigued! 3mo
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TrishB Love it when that happens 👍🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes! It‘s good. I‘ll post up a review by the end of the week 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB yes! It‘s like a dream 3mo
Ms_T I have a Kindle sample of this to read as one of the books on the Man Booker long list. It sounds great! 3mo
Cathythoughts @Ms_T it‘s not available in the bookshops here .. I got it on kindle ... I don‘t know what I was expecting , but I said I‘d give it a go. I listened to this author in interview on YouTube.. he‘s very interesting & the book has stolen me away 3mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts How wonderful! ❤️ 3mo
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emilyhaldi
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I went on a bit of a #manbooker binge at the library. Which to read first??

Clare_Riley I‘m listening to The Wall at the moment and really enjoying it. I‘ve read My Sister and I liked it very much, but I am puzzled as to why it‘s making it on to so many of these book award long lists - I do think that there are other books out there that could be do with the exposure as well. Obioma‘s book is on my tbr list, it looks really interesting! 3mo
Cathythoughts Exciting! Look forward to your thoughts- I only tried Serial Killer & bailed #unpopularopinion for sure 3mo
emilyhaldi @Clare_Riley I ended up starting the Wall yesterday. While it‘s pretty entertaining and a quick read, I do NOT understand why it‘s on the long list... the writing isn‘t impressing me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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emilyhaldi @Cathythoughts I‘ve had some reservations about that one which is why I put it off for so long. But seeing it on the long list motivated me to give it a try... we‘ll see! 🤞🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts Just started Orchestra... better than I thought , more readable... early days, we‘ll see. I look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻 3mo
emilyhaldi That's good to hear!! @Cathythoughts I think I'm putting that one off til last bc of its size 😅 but hoping I can get to it soon... 🤞🏻 3mo
Reviewsbylola Serial Killer is good and quick! 3mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Reviewsbylola , Sister is really good! 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Recommended this beauty out today
2. I saw the live broadcast of the Lehman Trilogy in the cinema yesterday and it was breathtakingly good. I recommend it sooooo much if it‘s being broadcast near you in August
3. Magnum ice creams, slightly burnt home barbecued hot dogs with too much ketchup, pimms and fruity cider
4. Five, I guess it‘s a pretty average number of cousins to have?
5. Will do 💖

Megabooks Too much ketchup is essential! 3mo
sudi Magnum ice creams are the best! 😋🙌 3mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

What a fantastic book! I was completely sucked in by the tale of Nonso. Honestly, I‘ve seen and read movies and books that purport to be based on the Odyssey. This book, however, felt like the Odyssey.

Pedrocamacho Man, the ending is very dark. I did not see that coming. In fact, in my mind, the end fizzles a bit. 3mo
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BookAlongBlog
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3.5/5
The writing and story is very interesting and original. Being narrated by his Chi (guardian spirit) was a unique perspective. But parts of that got repetitive in my opinion. I loved the Nigerian setting. Overall I enjoyed the story and there is a lot beautiful language throughout. Reading this authors writing you need to brace yourself, it will be an emotional ride.

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Kalalalatja
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Just picked up some #bookmail from a sweet Litten ❤️

Thank you so much @Cinfhen for your kindness and generosity - I‘m beyond excited for the tagged book, since I loved The Fishermen. It will be interesting to see what I think of the Fuller book, but I‘m hopeful 🤞

saresmoore Lovely! 5mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on both books!!!!! 5mo
BarbaraBB Great choices! Looking forward to your reviews. I have Bitter Orange lined up here too! 5mo
Cathythoughts Very nice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great book mail! 💗 5mo
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Cinfhen
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While some authors write books, the truly gifted tell stories. Chigozie Obioma is one of those rare storytellers. Using African myth and beloved proverbs, Obioma crafts a spectacular tale of destiny and fulfillment. It‘s an epic quest that will leave you spent and aching, Although it was a bit too long, this book was still stellar and a 4 star read. Second book completed for #BFC Day4

Cinfhen Loved it @LibrarianRyan THANK YOU 😘 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ll send it out later this week with the other book @Kalalalatja 😁 5mo
Kalalalatja You are making me so excited to read it 🙌 5mo
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rohit-sawant Sounds fascinating! Great review! 5mo
KateFulfordAuthor Great review thanks 5mo
Cinfhen This book is too “big” for me to describe properly @KateFulfordAuthor @rohit-sawant but I‘m in awe of what Obioma created. Definitely read this one, especially if you enjoyed The Fisherman. There‘s some hints of his debut in these pages 5mo
KarenUK I loved Obioma‘s debut, both in print and on audio as a re-read for a bookclub. I think I‘ll try this one on audio because it has the same Nigerian narrator as the Fisherman, and his voice is soooooo beautiful! 💕🎧 5mo
Cinfhen I think this will be fantastic on #audio @KarenUK let me know 💕 5mo
Cathythoughts Love your review! I just started this as it‘s been brought to our attention on Booker long list... it‘s not my usual , but I find I‘m reading on ... your review is encouraging ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Cathythoughts I really did LOVE this book!! I hope it makes the shortlist 🤞🏼🤞🏼 3mo
Cathythoughts Hi Cindy , do you think this one qualifies for #pocmcparanormal .... as it is his chi that narrates the book ??? I really want to play by the rules.. and can‘t decide if this fits the prompt? Honest answer ?? Thanks Cathy. 3mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, I hadn‘t thought of that @Cathythoughts but I think it does work!!!! Well done!!! Brilliant!! Hope you‘re loving this book as much as I did‼️ (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks !! I can‘t put it down ! I Love it as much as you did ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen So happy to hear @Cathythoughts 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Part Two of this tale was a little off the rails 🙄Hoping Part Three pulls this story back on track. As for my #BFC I‘m pleased to report I‘m reaching my daily goals and feeling pretty good💪🏼Hope my challenge buds are all staying strong 🙌🏻❤️‼️

Chrissyreadit 🎉🙌 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5mo
tdrosebud Keep it up! 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks!! The witching hour hit and I was a little naughty 🙈 @Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn @tdrosebud oh well!!! #Onwards 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
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Cinfhen
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#StarTrekSummerMay Sometimes #TheEnemy is only yourself. This book is so good. I‘m loving the Nigerian folklore and the proverbs scattered throughout the pages. Chinonso is a simple man, with a big heart and pleasing nature. Through a series of unexpected events his life becomes a story of calamity. Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak. I‘m halfway in and totally hooked.

Cinfhen Thanks for gifting me this ARC @LibrarianRyan I think it‘s my favorite so far!!!!!! 5mo
Megabooks #stacking!! I love Nigerian literature!! 5mo
Cinfhen Have you read this book yet @Lola ???? I think you‘d really like it. I‘m not sure if you‘ll have the patience for it @Megabooks it‘s a bit of a slow burn. Let me know if you give it a try 👍🏻😊❤️ (edited) 5mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I will!! 5mo
Lola @Cinfhen We are such book twins 😍 This is in my physical TBR. I ADORED 5mo
Cinfhen 👯‍♀️❤️had a feeling @Lola 🙌🏻 5mo
Kalalalatja Now I‘m even more excited to read this! Loved The Fishermen 👌 5mo
Cinfhen It‘s headed your way @Kalalalatja after I‘m finished reading 5mo
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁 5mo
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Milu22
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Fantastisk läsning.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Here are direct links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 6mo
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BookNAround
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Apparently my out of control book stacks give the best vantage point for Ozzie to survey the backyard. (This mess is on one of the chairs at the kitchen table.) #catsoflitsy

TheSpineView Awwww...💜 6mo
lover.of.the.classics You should see my dresser!!!😂 6mo
BookNAround @lover.of.the.classics My dresser and bedside table are equally bad (or worse). I might have a bit of a book problem. 😜 6mo
Crazeedi 💞😻💞 6mo
Dragon 😻 6mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

I loved The Fishermen for the writing and how it revealed a slice of life in Africa. While this book does the same, it frustrated the heck out of me. I wanted to strangle the main character for his foibles and being so easily led. It descended into ridiculousness to such a degree that it really marred the book.

Cinfhen Oh no!!! #SophmoreSlide 7mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Totally! But he writes beautifully, so I‘m in for his next book. 7mo
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ErnestB
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Stunning. Breathtaking. Developed characters. Destiny, fate, a man overwhelmed by fate, hope and desire. A rocky, treacherous, and unforgiving journey.

Insights and penetrating insights abound.

A great read - I'm sending out 8 copies. This book is in my top 6 and I will reread it annually.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

This book was beautifully written. The prose were artful. The story itself did not hook me? But the way it was done kept me reading.

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ReviewsMayVary
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I‘m torn about what to read next. What are y‘all reading this weekend?

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SandraG
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This book started out a little confusing, but once it got going it was a great story! You won‘t see the twist at the end coming!😳

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Emilymdxn
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Finishing this was the best start to #24b4monday ! I can‘t recommend this highly enough. A sweeping Nigerian tragic love story narrated by one of the lovers‘ traditional guardian spirit (afraid I can‘t spell the actual word - audio downsides). Astonishingly original, deeply felt.

This kind of novel gives me faith in publishing in 2019, like YES, THIS is the kind of novel we should be publishing, reading, promoting, discussing. #blackhistorymonth

Andrew65 Sounds great. One book finished already. Well done. 👏 8mo
lele1432 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 I agree, more books like these should be published and promoted! 8mo
Kalalalatja Sounds great! 8mo
Emilymdxn @lele1432 here‘s to many more books like this in 2019!!!! @Kalalalatja @Andrew65 it was absolutely great 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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Listening on my commute again. I‘ve got a terrible cold and don‘t want to be awake right now. Not a great day 😐

This is an incredible book. It‘s been slow to read because I haven‘t had much time for audiobooks but this is so original and heartfelt, absolutely beautifully written I recommend it very highly. I haven‘t felt this affected by a love story since call me by your name.

Kalalalatja I loved his first book, and I can‘t wait to read this! 8mo
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon. 8mo
thebluestocking I‘m sorry you‘re sick. Love this pic. ❤️ 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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I knew I had to read this as soon as it came out and then suddenly it was #blackhistorymonth and I had the perfect excuse to disregard the rest of my tbr!

Kalalalatja I‘m so excited for this! 8mo
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TheEscapist
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I don‘t know that this is a fair critique of the book, but I did not love the voice. Enlisting a guardian spirit as a narrator is an idea that I find very cool, but I found that the narrator was too far removed from the decisions that drive plot forward. That said, I think that this book will really work for a lot of readers. I bailed after 50 pages, but I‘d be curious to read reviews from people who make it to the end.

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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A painful, lyrical, slow motion tragedy. The rich emotional depth of Obioma‘s writing is made all the more poignant by the reader‘s powerlessness to stop the disaster you know is coming, like being in a dream where you are driving a car with no steering wheel. It‘s probably not for everyone, a very “literary” work, but I found it hard to put down. Thanks to Libro.fm for the complimentary audiobook listening copy.

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sophierayton
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A beautiful and heartbreaking story about love, hope, betrayal and redemption. Very well written. I predict it will be included in award lists for 2019

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8little_paws
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A modern take on the Odyssey, Obioma sets us in Nigeria with the chi, or guardian spirit, of a poultry farmer. After a tense encounter on a bridge, the farmer falls in love with a woman and this sets him off on a journey. It's about changing ourselves for love, and losing control of that love. On a meta scale it's about how Africans are treated when they leave Africa, and the western/white influence on African culture, and then some!

WhatDeeReads I saw you were still gathering your thoughts on this one. 9mo
8little_paws @WhatDeeReads see my much longer goodreads review! Hard to write about this book without mega spoilers 9mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Chicken pot pie and salad tonight. I needed some comfort food 💕.

Also, THIS BOOK! New #bookmail and it sounds so completely “me” with The Odyssey tie-in. Can‘t wait.

MarthaG I‘m reading this too. 9mo
8little_paws Just finished. It's intense. Excellent writing style. I'm still gathering my thoughts for review. 9mo
HardcoverHearts I got an ARC and just hit a wall with the density of the beginning. It just didn‘t capture me. I‘m looking forward to the reviews you all post! 9mo
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8little_paws
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"Hatred is a vandalism of the human heart "

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GerardtheBookworm
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A literary feast fo readers of lyrical prose. Combining Nigerian folklore and Greek mythology, especially The Iliad, the novel explores an everyman whose difficult circumstances are further complicated by the divine forces.

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