Infinite Riches (The famished road) (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/6
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Azaro is a spirit child. He made a pact with his spirit companions that when he was born he would die at the first oppurtunity, but after his birth, he broke the pact and continued to live. His spirit companions threatend to send seven spirits to reclaim him. So far, five have tried and failed, but the remaining two are the most dangerous of all. This continuation of the story of Azaro is rich with allegorical vision, and interwoven with the politics of Nigeria.
"His most apocalyptic, explosive vision yet" (Scotsman)
"A novel of paradoxes and impossibilities, conceived poetically and carrying readers along as though on a fast-flowing stream...I admire it hugely" (Literary Review)
"A potent combination of political, metaphorical and mythical storytelling...pure celebration" (Scotsman)
"A deliberate and important piece of writing" (Times Literary Supplement)
"Okri's writing is hailed for its intelligent, tenderness, poeticism and luminosity" (Financial Times) --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。
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The long ending of the story concentrates on the election meeting before the first elections in Nigeria. The meeting ends in turmoil but the media report only wide support for the Party of the Rich. As if everything just took place in a dream. Madame Koto dies during the election meeting.
Sometimes we are more awake during our dreams, we listen to the whispers of the spirits, seeing what the gods are seeing in our lives and we turn up to be what we really are - these are some of wise thoughts of Ben Okri in the last chapters. If only we dared to start dreaming and trying in solidarity to realise our dreams of a beter live for all, the world would be filled with infinite riches.