The Famished Road

Ben Okri
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Impressive Literary Work, Not Much Plot


The Famished Road, is an impressive work of literature. The novel gave a very thorough look at Azaro's poor Nigerian community, and the animist-style spiritual elements were integrated seamlessly into his reality. It was interesting to see a story written from a child's perspective, but the limitations that placed on Azaro's ability to fully engage with his world in an active way were frustrating. The lack of a traditional plot sometimes made reading feel like a trudge. One of the central ideas was the never-ending struggle that defined life, and this was shown by the cyclical, repetitive stories of daily successes and failures that constituted the novel. While I can see why this work of magical realism has many fans, I don't think it will become one of my favorites.

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