Ben Okri, winner of the Booker Prize for The Famished Road, now gives us Songs of Enchantment, and it is hard to imagine a more gloriously written novel. Azaro, the spirit-child, is a reluctant traveler in the realities of this world. In this moving story of live and transformation, his adventures begin with the disruption of his family. Under the pressure of poverty and myth, his mother departs to follow the legendary Madame Koto. An obsession for a beautiful beggar girl snares his father into forbidden visions. Set in an age of enchantments, their story takes place among the upheavals of a nation struggling to be born. There are mass political hallucinations, battles of contending forces in the realm of dreams, mysterious disappearances, and the rise of the Jackal-headed Masquerade. With humour and wisdom, Okri tells of Azaro's father and how, drawing on the magic of courage, he undergoes the great penance of love. Through the experiences of this unique family we see that life lived with compassion and fire and serenity can vanquish the forces of oppression, and counter the darkness with light. At the end of this absorbing novel we feel it to be true when Azaro's father says, 'Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.'
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"Triumphant...a joyful and entertaining read" ( Guardian)
"Passages of extraordinary beauty... Okri paints a convincing surrealist picture" ( Sunday Times)
"Reading Okri felt to me like talking to someone who has a secret" ( New Statesman)
"Ben Okri writes beautifully... a triumph of inspiration over the everyday. His prose is dense with pungent metaphor, sometimes whimsical, sometimes bawdy... fraught with wild visions" ( The Times)
"A love story and an account of the conflict between the parties of the rich and the poor... Okri's voice is all his own" ( Independent)
The second book in the trilogy which began with the Booker prize-winning The Famished Road.
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Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: FIne. Next day dispatch. International delivery available. 1000's of satisfied customers! Please contact us with any enquiries. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000064045