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Book Title: Songs of Enchantment|
Date of issue: 2003
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The author of the book: Ben Okri
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.18 MB
Edition: Vintage Books
Read full description of the books Songs of Enchantment: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 both profound and incredibly frightening. He writes of life in a Nigerian ghetto where the poverty and hardship is extreme but the connection to the divine is strong and almost symbiotic. One may start at any page in book one or two and read forwards or backwards or skip sections or read them twice or thrice and still be able to be absorbed into the mystery and magic of the prose. I do not understand how this is done but it is true.
Read this slowly let it seep into you:
"I watched the glorious stream of hierophants and invisible masters with their caravans of eternal delights, the floating pyramids of wisdom, their palaces of joy, their windows of infinity, their mirrors of lovely visions, their dragons of justice, their lions of the divine, their unicorns of mystery, their crowns of love-won illumination, their diamond scepters, their golden staffs, their hieratic standards and their shining thyrsi of magic ecstasy...."
Now imagine prose of this beauty on each and every page of this phenomenal novel and perhaps like me you will quiver with beautiful melancholy and know and I mean "know" that the divine is as far as simply squinting your eyes and looking into the moonlight, praying to your deity or making love to your beloved.
Like his first book this is an unbelievable achievement and his first book was my favorite book of 2013 and this book is likely going to be my book of 2015.
I am deeply grateful to Mr. Okri for continuing this spiritual and sensual saga.
Read information about the authorPoet and novelist Ben Okri was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father. He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England.
He was poetry editor for West Africa magazine between 1983 and 1986 and broadcast regularly for the BBC World Service between 1983 and 1985. He was appointed Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge in 1991, a post he held until 1993. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1987, and was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Westminster (1997) and Essex (2002).
His first two novels, Flowers and Shadows (1980) and The Landscapes Within (1981), are both set in Nigeria and feature as central characters two young men struggling to make sense of the disintegration and chaos happening in both their family and country. The two collections of stories that followed, Incidents at the Shrine (1986) and Stars of the New Curfew (1988), are set in Lagos and London.
In 1991 Okri was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel The Famished Road (1991). Set in a Nigerian village, this is the first in a trilogy of novels which tell the story of Azaro, a spirit child. Azaro's narrative is continued in Songs of Enchantment (1993) and Infinite Riches (1998). Other recent fiction includes Astonishing the Gods (1995) and Dangerous Love (1996), which was awarded the Premio Palmi (Italy) in 2000. His latest novels are In Arcadia (2002) and Starbook (2007).
A collection of poems, An African Elegy, was published in 1992, and an epic poem, Mental Flight, in 1999. A collection of essays, A Way of Being Free, was published in 1997. Ben Okri is also the author of a play, In Exilus.
In his latest book, Tales of Freedom (2009), Okri brings together poetry and story.
Ben Okri is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001. He lives in London.
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