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An orchestra of minorities : a novel / Chigozie Obioma.

By: Obioma, Chigozie, 1986-Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2019Edition: First Back Bay trade paperback editionDescription: 448 pages : illustrations ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780316412407; 0316412406Subject(s): Farmers -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Betrayal -- Fiction | Social classes -- Fiction | Nigeria -- FictionGenre/Form: Magic realist fiction. | Romance fiction. | Bildungsromans.LOC classification: PR9387.9. O2756 | O73 2019cSummary: Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria, and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, An Orchestra of Minorities tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when one night he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks. Bonded by this incident on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because Chinonso is uneducated, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives, he discovers that there is no place a the school for him and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who made the arrangements. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world that continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali, and from the farm he called home. Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, this novel is a contemporary twist on Homer's Odyssey. Writing in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination. -- Back cover.
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Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria, and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, An Orchestra of Minorities tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when one night he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks. Bonded by this incident on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because Chinonso is uneducated, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives, he discovers that there is no place a the school for him and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who made the arrangements. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world that continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali, and from the farm he called home. Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, this novel is a contemporary twist on Homer's Odyssey. Writing in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination. -- Back cover.

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