The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma
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In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers - the youngest is nine, the oldest fifteen - use their strict father's absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest brother will be killed by another. This prophesy breaks their strong bond and unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions. Passionate and bold, The Fishermen is a breathtakingly beautiful novel firmly rooted in the best of African storytelling. With this powerful debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature.

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A powerful story told with style and skill.Review by Jo
Obioma's writing is simply fantastic. It is effective and creates a strong story, yet is subtle, nudging you further along and deeper into the simmering lives of four brothers - the titular fishermen - and their family.

We experience this powerful story from one of the younger brothers, Ben, who, being the third or maybe fourth youngest brother, is a little more naive than the others - each of whom is developed individually and very well - yet is a perfect narrator.

The writing is vibrant and magical, and evokes the moving story wonderfully. It is a tragedy - the story builds, from and humble beginnings of childhood games, like a storm, with impending doom seeping in at the cracks and then building and building - perhaps not like a tidal wave; more thoughtfully. Stories are relayed from time to time, via memories, which works very well, and reflects that Ben does not know all that happens as it progresses - his brothers may explain things to him, for example.

A lot of reviews mention references to Chinua Achebe. I haven't read Achebe, and whilst this did not matter to me or to the story, I will now.

It is a beautiful and tragic book, which I would recommend to anyone. I'd give it four and a half stars if I could. (Posted on 10/11/2015)

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ISBN 9780957548855
Format Hardback
Publication date 26 Feb 2015

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