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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Drawn in right from the start, utterly fascinating this sounds, a book I could get totally lost with…. They call me magical, dreamy His wife, their three sons and daughter joined him half-way through the course. Haha, an Escher painting, that is a brilliant observation. It was fantastic, yet crap. Then he “realised that we [that is to say be Africans] have philosophers just as profound”.

Because of his initially English and then colonial education he had become “entranced” one of his favourite words with Plato and Aristotle. There was a common pattern in Commonwealth emigration to the UK in the xstonishing 60s.

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Whenever I satonishing to Greece I’m astounded by the relationship between its great living past and strangely denuded present. It is because of money! I was in the library the other day when I found the book: By his own admission, Ben Okri finds “concrete prose the most hard to write” – a shortcoming which he acknowledges with something approaching pride.

The damage is not irreparable. However, Okri was not his first choice for the prize, and he says the judges were equally divided between The Famished Road and William Trevor’s Reading Turgenev. Modern literature is the product of too much false suffering, too much false pain. He “absorbed the understanding of African thought along the way”, a culture tje from his father without Okri realising that he was “following the route of the older, deeper and more profound philosophies of the tribes”.


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. Those philosophical questions are something that has always haunted our race and the world changes, keeping it in grandeur which mirrors our further understandings and maturity.

Some cool imagery and some cool points, but I miss having characters and backstory and other common bookish standards. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Originally written inapparently springing almost full-blown from his head, this early work of Qstonishing is a fable in which a man who has always felt himself to be invisible endeavours to get to where the real people are, i.

Set in a Nigerian village, this is the first in a trilogy of novels which tell the story of Azaro, a spirit child. Astonishing the Gods is the Soul Journey of a young man Who travels and find himself living bdn invisible beings as time goes he is astoniishing by three guides the 1st a fatherly being who teaches him to overcome challenges, 2nd a Child who instructs him to see the world through the eyes of innocence and okrii gentle, and 3rd is feminine and leads him to a place where he can finally purify himself before entering a palace of utter silence.

His mother pretended to agree that he could stay behind but asked him on board to say his last goodbyes. Seeing the invisible, hearing the silence etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. Most intriguing and enjoyable — thanks for highlighting it.

He was brought to England when he was 18 months old. In Infinite Riches astonishig most recent novel] it becomes a deity of chaos and rage. Feb 03, Lisa rated it it was ok. Return to Book Page. When he discusses Africa itself, as distinct from Africa’s effect upon his work, he analyses its history and its prospects with Euclidean clarity, which has little to do with “words being things”.


Send your stories and photos now. Yet what he recalls, with a vehemence which approaches bitterness, are the bad notices.

Godx Ben, though barely seven, believed that he could look after himself in London. I do love a book with a wider scope than just fiction for fictions sake. The invisible character has no name and no actual physical shape, so he could be anyone: Senses shift and meld, silences become perfumed, frescoes sing and grand orations are applauded with no sound.

A man in two minds

Writer and critic Hunter Davies defends Okri against the assaults of more restrained writers with the explanation that he is basically self-taught and that the authors who have filled his life still dominate his thinking. The personal praise will not reconcile Okri to Davies’s opinion of his work.

I am not sure if I know what I was reading and yet I kind of followed the story. He was still saying them when the ship set sail. The magical quality also provides protection against critics who dislike his work but moderate their condemnations because of embarrassment about their failure to understand it.

Personally, I prefer books with clearer plots and the poetic imaginings felt a little too indulgent for me, but even so I found it an interesting, thought-provoking short read.

To ask other readers questions about Astonishing the Godsplease sign up. All My Colors by David Quantick. One way and another, lost boys play a big part in Okri’s creative thinking. And there is a second reason to have doubts about the provenance of Okri’s thought process. Hi Ste, this is a very interesting review — I am particularly interested in some of the content, and always pondering life!