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Ben Okri: Astonishing The Gods (Head of Zeus)

The writing is poetic and sensuous but I am not entirely sure that I got the point of it all. Some critics regard the literary name-dropping as insufferably astobishing. I understand it’s possible to argue a convincing case for both those statements but that wasn’t what happened. Drawn in right from the start, utterly fascinating this sounds, a book I could get totally lost with…. Indeed, he has become part of the literary establishment, a suggestion which he rejects with the angry assertion that he still has to persuade publishers to accept his work.

They call me magical, dreamy He breaks off from his analysis to emphasise his enthusiasm for “mutual respect for different cultures and the need for a grander picture of world developments”.

Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri – Book to the Future

I do love a book with a wider scope than just fiction for fictions sake. There is a desire when writing a review of this novel to slip into some befuddled mysticism; to speak in, or rather write in words that add to that flavour simply because the book has that character about it. One literary event organiser said that a fortune could be made by auctioning his bedroom key after each poetry reading. Books like this are challenging and this is certainly one for those who like to ponder and not to rush to conclusions, this reader will definitely be returning to its pages and the messages contained within soon enough.


Astonishing the Gods, maybe. But Dad talked to me about it and explained that there was no purpose in it. Refresh and try again. Not what was expected, but surprise. It is a dream which thousands of people in their flight from cold winter mornings, crowded buses and grocery bills, want to share.

astoniehing By his own admission, Ben Okri finds “concrete prose the most hard to write” – a shortcoming which he acknowledges with something approaching pride. Books like this are always great to help us puzzle out the truths, or at least what we believe to be the truths right for us.

A man in two minds

astoniehing The protagonist and reader are taken on a journey of discovery and contemplation about life, how we experience it and what we really learn, or hope to learn and perhaps even how to transcend it. Next post Liminality—The Inbetween Space. It was snowing and kids started rolling the snow into really hard balls and pelting us.

May 28, Leonie rated it did not like it. He lives in London. Writer and critic Hunter Davies defends Okri against the assaults of more restrained writers with the explanation that he is basically self-taught and that the authors who have filled his life still dominate his thinking.


I wanted to throw them back.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: However, I was not very fond of the story and the plot. Okri is so absorbed with his writing that he is rarely associated with the campaigns and good causes which attract so many other writers.

Then he began to write for newspapers. What is this book? It was like reading a narrative of a dream: That it may not be mainstream, but it’s a valid, worthwhile and occasionally joyous path nonetheless If I can’t find the Betweens, and get satonishing this awestruck tone, then I’m never going to find it.

The Year of Spark by Alan Taylor.

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Davies is certain that the homage he so regularly pays is genuine. Watching the news I find that there is plenty in the book that resonates and as we seem doomed to repeat the same mistakes again and again — as history attests in so many instances — maybe we need to take a step back and look at what defines us and what all these experiences we have actually mean.

Maybe I just don’t get on with allegorical texts because the one other book that this reminded me of was The Pilgrim’s Progress, which I also found difficult going.