An Orches­tra Of Mi­nori­ties

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - MORE | BOOKS - Eithne Farry

Chigozie Obioma Lit­tle, Brown €21

Obioma’s sec­ond novel mar­ries the myth­i­cal to the ev­ery­day. It tells the story of a poor Nige­rian chicken farmer, Chi­nonso, who saves an ed­u­cated woman, Ndali, from sui­cide, and in so do­ing, changes the course of both their lives. The story of their re­la­tion­ship is told by Chi­nonso’s ‘chi’, or guardian spirit, who is tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the supreme Igbo god be­cause Chi­nonso has seem­ingly done some­thing heinous. But what? At once funny, fu­ri­ously in­ven­tive and dis­turb­ing, it’s an un­com­fort­able but en­gross­ing read.

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