An Orchestra of Minorities (Paperback)Chigozie Obioma (author)
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Obioma’s reinterpretation of Igbo folklore intertwines with a vibrant updating of Homer’s Odyssey to create a myth-infused story of love and a life-plan gone awry. Delicate yet muscular, thoughtful yet dynamic, An Orchestra of Minorities churns with the wrench of heartache and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love.
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019
From the author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel, The Fisherman
Umuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice.
Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family, and when they officially object to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a small college in Cyprus. Once in Cyprus, he discovers that all is not what it seems. Furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further and further away from his dream, from Ndali and the place he called home.
In this contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey, in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 38 mm
'Obiama creates a pungently real world where the membrane separating us from the supernatural is gossamer-thin.' - The Times
'Obioma's frenetically assured second novel is a spectacular artistic leap forwards' - The Guardian
'[An] impressive, epic second novel . . . Timely, portentous and powerful, [An Orchestra of Minorities] confirms Chigozie Obioma's remarkable talent' - Lucy Scholes, iNews
'Chigozie Obioma pens a deeply empathetic, complex and gut-wrenchingly human narrative that captures the heart and soul. An Orchestra of Minorities stays with you. With remarkable style and compelling language, he explores what it means to experience blinding love and devastating loss. A truly gifted writer, Obioma has proven yet again that he's a literary treasure' - Nicole Dennis-Benn, award-winning author of Here Comes the Sun
'A tale of mythic nature and epic scale at times recalling Homer's Odyssey - a sweeping story about destiny and the power of choice' - Vanity Fair
'The guileless Ben is a well-chosen conduit for Obioma's frank and lyrical prose' - The New Yorker
'Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe' - The New York Times Book Review