The Half-God of Rainfall (英語) ハードカバー – イラスト付き, 2020/9/29
Praise for The Half-God of Rainfall:
'I loved it ... When I was making Good Omens and getting no time to read, I still found time to read it.' Neil Gaiman on Twitter
'A world-beating exploration of mythology, power and sport, all stitched together by the unique and wonderful pen of Inua Ellams, a master craftsman in storytelling' Nikesh Shukla
'If you love the swish of draining rain, you'll love The Half God of Rainfall. Ellams creates a fresh flood of three-pointers and a Herculean dunk. The gravity of his message is as deep as a sunk shot from half-court' Peter Khan
'For 21st century readers who have fallen into the rhythm of the courts, this is mythopoetics at its best. By the strength of its careful braiding of song and swift slashes through a cross-pantheon of Yoruba and Greek deities, The Half-God of Rainfall stitches us into a single breath of wonder and shared delight at the journey of OluDemi Modupe. Inua Ellams possesses an intuitive and fluid grasp of the eternal virtues and heroic narratives that constitute our transglobal imaginations' Major Jackson
'Part Homeric-style epic, part female-focused revenge tragedy. Each line feels as though it's carved into stone--solid, striking, glinting with beauty, but steeped in hard-edged truth. A true story for the ages, as well as for the politics of the present day' Bridget Minamore
'Ellams' deeply moving epic transcends the printed word into dance and song. In reading, I became witness, worshipper and player' C. S. Lozie
'Inua writes in brimstone and beautiful' William Augustus Chase
Praise for Inua Ellams:
'Ellams' poetry gleams with a dusty, worn, deeply original beauty and he remains such wonderfully generous company' Metro
'There's something uniquely 21st Century about Ellams' voice which somehow absorbs the whole experience of colonialism without being totally defined by it' Scotsman
- 出版社 : Fourth Estate; Illustrated版 (2020/9/29)
- 発売日 : 2020/9/29
- 言語: : 英語
- ハードカバー : 84ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0008324778
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008324773
- 寸法 : 13.5 x 1.2 x 20.4 cm
In this prose poem Ellams skilfully blends Yoruba and Greek mythology in a story about a gifted young Nigerian basketball player and his mother, who has to protect him from the whims of the Gods.
I am not really someone who reads much poetry though often feel that I should try to incorporate more. However, I am always drawn to fiction that incorporates mythological themes and characters and this sounded quite intriguing.
After a couple of attempts I opted to read this aloud to myself as I find this is really what I need to appreciate poetry. I didn’t feel that I was able to fully understand its story and themes though recognised the power and lyrical beauty of the text. However, this is my failing as someone who struggles with poetry.