An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma audiobook

An Orchestra of Minorities

By Chigozie Obioma
Read by Chukwudi Iwuji

18.14 Hours 01/08/2019 Unabridged
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A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma. Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped her in her tracks. Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home. Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination..

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 13 Books to Wake Up Your Book Club

A Vulture.com Pick of Books You Should Read This Month

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

A Literary Hub Pick of the Week

A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.

Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped her in her tracks.

Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home.

Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination..

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A story about class and male rage and the strangling of opportunity…The ‘orchestra of minorities’ refers to the crying of birds mourning the slaughtered among them. It extends, symbolically, to the broader human community of the poor, the dispirited, the silenced, the plundered…It’s a story as old as the epic, but, sadly, an all too modern one.” New York Times Book Review
“A rare treasure: a book that deepens the mystery of the human experience…A transcendent read.” Seattle Times
“Beguiling and ambitious…a hefty, dense transnational reimagination of the Odyssey." Los Angeles Review of Books
“Obioma explores the thematic power and appeal of fate in his masterful sophomore novel, An Orchestra of Minorities." Millions
“A love story, a story of exile, a mix of classical tragedy and Igbo folklore, narrated by a chi—a guardian spirit that refers to Obioma’s protagonist as its host.” NPR
“Obioma merges African and western storytelling tradition…to create a dramatic, character-based novel.” Amazon.com
“Will have readers laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Obioma’s novel is electrifying, a meticulously crafted character drama told with emotional intensity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A multicultural fable that her­alds a new master of magical realism.” BookPage (starred review)
“Obioma overwhelms readers with a visceral sense of Chinonso’s humanity, his love, his rage, and his despair as he struggles between fate and self-determination.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Chigozie Obioma

Author Bio: Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a fall 2012 Omi Fellow at Ledig House in New York and his first novel, The Fishermen, won the 2016 NAACP Image Award and was a Man Booker Prize finalist. Obioma has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 18.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English