Toverzangen The adventures of Azaro the spirit child continue in this radiant sequel to The Famished Road

  • Title: Toverzangen
  • Author: Ben Okri Martha Vooren
  • ISBN: 9789060129630
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • The adventures of Azaro, the spirit child, continue in this radiant sequel to The Famished Road.

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    1. 5 "how does one review infinite perfection?!!" stars. 2015 Gold Award - tie (First Favorite Read) I am at a loss.I do not know what to write.This book (like the first in the trilogy) is absolutely exquisite, moving and beyond comprehension.Mr. Okri takes language and transforms it into a series of transcendental experiences.Ben Okri is a high priest and shaman. He is able in an indefinable way to connect, overlap, merge our earthly plane with various alternate states of being in a way that is bo [...]

    2. I read The Famished Road about 10 years ago, and finally got around to reading this fever dream of a follow-up. If you find Rushdie or Garcia Marquez to be tedious realists, then Okri is your guy -- there is fucking nothing resembling everyday reality here, even if it's kind of supposed to address Nigerian politics and social conditions. Really, mostly, it's people smoking butterflies in pipes and that sort of thing. I loved it, wildly surreal as it was, but it might be a bit too heady for a lot [...]

    3. I fell in love with Ben Okri’s Songs of Enchantment immediately as I flipped through it at a used bookstore. The copy I bought bears no indication that this is the second in a trilogy, and I had already begun reading before I did some research into Okri’s work. Even so, reading The Famished Road first is not necessary to understanding the sequel. In fact, I found greater satisfaction reading chapters out of order before committing to the book. I don’t think sequence is all that important t [...]

    4. This is the second Book in the famished road trilogy. The difference between this Book and the previous one is first their one is shorter not like the first. This Book also is not as deep as the Famished road. In this Book, Azaro, the spirit child continues to narrate about how is father felt in love with the beggar girl and how Sami left with the money Black Tyga won on his last fight. Azaro also narrates about the death of his friend, Ade and his father. Ade was killed by Madame Koto's Car and [...]

    5. Ben Okri develops the young boy and his village in Nigeria even further. Okri's work is very multi-layered with dreams, politics and daily survival.

    6. Reading a Ben Okri book is quite an experience, I say it is an experience because there is no way that you can read the book and not get transported completely into his world. It is one of those books that will shift your perception of reality in a way that when you leave your house and go into the world you will keep expecting to find two moons in the sky or something weird like that. Somehow you will not be the same after you have read the book, granted it is fiction but I have found many trut [...]

    7. Absolument grandiose. Cet ouvrage est à la fois merveilleux et poignant. C'est un bonheur à lire, et aussi bon que le premier tome. Sans connaître l'Afrique, nous plongeons grâce à l'auteur au sein des mythes, légendes et croyances locales. un livre fantastique et enrichissant.

    8. Let me begin by saying I did not choose this book. It was a gift. Nevertheless, I stopped reading on page 110. I've done this, at most, half a dozen times over hundreds of books going back to the 1960s. Yes, this is the much lauded sequel to the 1991 Booker Prize winning "The Famished Road," (which I haven't read) and I appreciate the difficulty the writer faced in trying to tell what seems to be a story of the destructive collision of the modern world on a traditional Nigerian community and its [...]

    9. Definitely more readable than the first installment, but sharing in its lack of focus. This book very much feels like a middle book, where things are getting worse, without reaching a climax. Its chapters are very short, giving you the feeling that you are really making pace, especially since the book is less than three hundred pages long, about half the lenght of part one.It's unclear how much time has passed since the beginning of the first novel and the events in this one, but Azaro is appare [...]

    10. I had high expectations going into Songs of enchantment. Its predecessor was one of the best books I have ever read regardless of genre. Okri has an excellent command of language and it’s evident in this book, sadly this pales in comparison to 'Famished Road.' It’s a convoluted story that leaves a lot to be desired. Azaro often feels like a secondary character in a book where he’s supposed to be the main character. In fact this seems like the book is centered around his father who plays an [...]

    11. Songs of Enchantment is a sequel to the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road. I read the first book last year- it was a masterpiece- and it became one of my favorite novels of 2015. I had high expectation for this so-called sequel and I was utterly disappointed. What I like about the first book, beside the story itself, was Okri's beautiful writing, his prose. But this sequel is, as Daria said in her review (I couldn't agree more with that), "suffused with meaningless lyricisms, endless chaoti [...]

    12. After such a fantastic first novel in "The Famished Road", this was unfortunately an utter disappointment. It was as if the success of his first book brought such wealth that he went out and bought the biggest bag of weed he could find, and wrote the second one while completely under its influence and that of his own self importance. Where the first story thread its way beautifully augmented with fantastical spirits and personal battles, this is riddled with exhausting, ridiculous repetition of [...]

    13. Before I read this book, I saw a review describing it as Okri smoking a bag of weed before writing. I disagree. I think he was actually standing on his head WHILST under the influence of weed!Wasn't sure where I was; fantasy and real life just blended. Was interesting at first. Got terribly tiring after a while. I had to skip pages.

    14. From Okri's web site: "One great thought can change the dreams of the world. One great action, lived out all the way to the sea, can change the history of the world. The adventures of Azaro, the spirit child, continue. From the bestselling author of The Famished Road comes this radiant sequel."The sequel is not as powerful as Famished Road, but it is a god story nonetheless

    15. Read way back in college in a Sandy Feinstein class, in a unit on ethnic cleansing in Africa. Flipping through it, I was vaguely horrified to discover that I read it during a phase when I underlined in books. On the other hand, it let me quickly find some excerpts that I'd found the most moving

    16. Like The Famished Road, this novel is filled with beauty and horror. I found the story a little hard to follow and very surreal but no matter how many metaphors poured forth and how many torrents of colour and butterflies flooded the pages I remained engrossed in this Ben Okri's sublime prose.

    17. Loved famished Road, however reading this book it was if I was being tortured. A disappointing book which lacked any depth along with a boring narrative. The characters in this book were truly dead.

    18. With the first instalment being like an elongated lucid dream, this book is like the continuation of a dream after you briefly wake up in the morning. It's sort of like the same, but shorter, less intense and you're aware it's actually not real.

    19. Yeah, I've yet to comprehend the appeal of Okri. The novel is suffused with meaningless lyricisms, endless chaotic fantasies and disorganized references to banal ideas connected with politics and family life. A bit dramatic and pretentious. That's all.

    20. Als je je een beetje interesseert voor spiritualiteit en wilt weten hoe je het beste uit je leven moet halen, dan is dit boek zeker een must-read. Bovendien ook nog eens erg makkelijk te lezen.

    21. Big fan of Ben Okris evocative use of language, he takes me away, to his homeland, and it is reluctantly that I ever return ♥

    22. Not enjoying it to be honest, get lost in meandering passages, famished road was good but not sure i'll finish it, better books on the shelf i want to crack open

    23. I did always plan to finish it, but I think I left it so long after reading famished road the momentum had gone.

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