The Fishermen

UnknownThe Fishermen
by Chigozie Obioma – Nigeria
2015/ 296 pages
rating 8 – contemp lit

Debut novel explores the ways old superstitions continue to permeate Nigerian families. It took me about 1/3 of the book to get into the swing of it but the ending proved my hanging in to be very worthwhile.
The story is told from the first person point of view of Benjamin Agwu, age 9 at the time, the youngest of four very close brothers living with their other siblings and parents in the town of Akure, Nigeria in 1996.  They live a fairly middle class life but times are tough and Father has to work in a distant city where it is not safe for the family to live. This leaves mother to do the child raising herself. Ben is 9 at the time.  >>>>MORE>>>>
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