Infinite Riches (The famished road) [Ben Okri] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Azaro is a spirit child. He made a pact with his spirit. Infinite Riches (Phoenix, ; ) is the last book of Ben Okri’s trilogy that begins with The Famished Road. I postponed reading this. In one sense Infinite Riches picks up where Songs of Enchantment left off. Azaro’s father has been This is Ben Okri at his inspiring best. (source: Nielsen Book.

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Set in a Nigerian village, this is the first in a trilogy of novels which tell the story of Azaro, a spirit child. Upon her death, healing herbs grew on her body. Okri’s reputation is built on sentences which are not susceptible to detailed analysis.

But his novels paint moving pictures of poverty’s consequences and his social conscience is alive and well, if sometimes sleeping beneath the psychedelic patterns of his prose.

He is idolised by readers who, to use his favourite word, are enchanted by the colourful mysticism which is his stock in trade. Aug 26, Fateh Mann rated it liked it. March 14, at They are parallel to events. It is necessary if we are to find the true gold that writers seek. 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.

He registered as an undergraduate at the University of Essex. I think it is the oldest unread book in my shelf. Guess I will have to get over that and pretty soon too.

A man in two minds

The first two are a 10 for me. So please try reading the first before jumping to the third.


Moray Teale rated it liked it Nov 13, This captures what had been and still is Africa’s plight through colonialism and its appendage neo-colonialism. Change is occurring, infinihe from the perspective of a nation about to peek out from the shadows of its colonial masters. I felt it was about pages too long, although I do enjoy Okri’s beautiful imagery.

Folks here don’t understand that. I think quoting it here would be of great help to all readers: For a while he lived with his uncle.

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I postponed reading this particular book since in because I wanted to read them chronologically. The multiple personality is part of the mystery which, in Rosie Boycott’s words “adds to the enchantment”.

He was brought to England when he was 18 months old. He quotes the “famous motto”, which he has some difficulty in remembering: In a uniform world, Okri is different – not because he is black but because he writes in a okfi which is new to our culture and describes events which are outside our experience.

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Real suffering is like the dirt that miners dig up and carry away. He speaks only in intangibles when he is discussing literature. Mary Ann Sieghart, an assistant editor of the Times, met Okri when she chaired the ill-fated revival of the Brains Trust and he was one of the “brains” who commented on world events. One literary event organiser said that a fortune could be made by auctioning his bedroom inrinite after each poetry reading.

Okri’s romantic piety is one of his attractions, at least to the sort of audiences which flock to his public readings. One part asks “Is Humanity Exhausted? Okri is a smooth man. Jan 23, Naomi rated it it was amazing. In Hunter Davies’s view, Okri’s own story is more interesting than the stories he writes, though Davies has expressed some mild scepticism about the claims to precocious literary interest.

To be in power was to get money for yourself and for your tribe. We bring power to the people. For it confirms that, if he was surrounded by racial prejudice for much of his schooldays, he was happily unaware of it. Ann Schlee author of The Proprietor was captivated by okrii way in which he slips in and out of reality”.


The personal praise will not reconcile Okri to Davies’s opinion of his work. The seven other women who together with Azaro’s mother moved from one police station to the other, releasing prisoners and achieving national fame – albeit briefly, is another example.

Nov 10, Makino rated it liked it. December 28, at 8: It is a dream which thousands of people in their flight from cold winter mornings, crowded buses and grocery bills, want to share. When these eight women embarked on their quest to release Black Tyger, they were met by a group of educated women who, afraid of the blows and blood that result from such heated demonstrations, sought to replace the incendiary march with an organised, sanitised one, which was incapable of penetrating the administration’s thick skin.

The two collections of stories that followed, Incidents at the Shrine and Stars of the New Curfeware set in Lagos and London. Read about the author here.

Infinite Riches by Ben Okri

They do not understand the work. Other books in the series. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England. Return to Book Page.

The river became a road and the road branched out into the whole world.

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