Astonishing the Gods

Astonishing the Gods

Ben Okri / Jun 25, 2019

Astonishing the Gods From the Booker prize winning author of The Famished Road comes this bewitching novel It is a modern fable about the relationship between love suffering and creativity Set on an enchanted island Ast

  • Title: Astonishing the Gods
  • Author: Ben Okri
  • ISBN: 9780753808641
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Booker prize winning author of The Famished Road comes this bewitching novel It is a modern fable about the relationship between love, suffering and creativity Set on an enchanted island, Astonishing the Gods is shot through with the gentle magic of Ben Okri s imaginative prose.

    Astonishing the Gods Ben Okri In Astonishing the Gods, Ben Okri takes the reader on the most fabulous of journeys the journey within, to the soul, and the journey outside, to the soul s home, somewhere and everywhere in the vastness of infinite space. Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri Astonishing the Gods From the Booker prize winning author of The Famished Road comes this bewitching novel It is a modern fable about the relationship between love, suffering and creativity Set on an enchanted island, Astonishing the Gods is shot through with the gentle magic of Ben Okri s imaginative prose. Astonishing the gods Hardcover In Astonishing the Gods, Ben Okri takes the reader on the most fabulous of journeys the journey within, to the soul, and the journey outside, to the soul s home, somewhere and everywhere in the vastness of infinite space. Astonishing the Gods The Daily Lama Astonishing the Gods by Albe Posted on October , I don t remember how I stumbled onto this book but I am overjoyed that I did It is truly a magical tale of beauty and love, of the invisible world of spirit set in a time and place best known to lovers of fairytales and myths It is a modern fable, a way of understanding who we are now Astonishing the Gods The African Book Review Astonishing the Gods An invisible man in a world of images In this modern fable, Ben Okri draws the extraordinary and enchanted pathway of a man obsessed with finding out why he s invisible As in classic fairy tales or fables, he encounters dangers, the temptations of Astonishing the Gods Quotes by Ben Okri Astonishing the Gods Quotes Showing of The law is simple Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time. Astonishing the Gods bodegagratia Astonishing The Gods Ben Okri on bodegagratia FREE shipping on qualifying offers This is a story for all ages, set in a time and place best known to lovers Astonishing the Gods Ben Okri on bodegagratia FREE shipping on qualifying offers From Booker Prize winner Ben Okri a deceptively simple modern fable. O w n e r l e s s M i n d Astonishing the Gods Oct , Astonishing the Gods The swirling energies of this being were everywhere, making the spaces alive with something akin to the electrification of the spirit, and a mighty collective hum of praise now seemed to have lifted off into the air, and the city seemed in flight Such a splendid weightlessness pervaded everything, Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri South Dublin Reads May , Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri May , February , ballyroanreads If you enjoy reading books with a spiritual mystical twist, abounding in poetic lyricism, symbolism and references to myth, this is the perfect book for you. Astonishing the Gods READ ONLINE FREE book by Ben Astonishing the Gods could have been exhilarating but due to Okri s flowery, garish and over zealous prose, it was simply, trite Reviews Review will shown on site after approval Review will shown on site after approval Other books by Fiction The Girl From Home

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      • Ben Okri

        Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968 Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England He was poetry editor for West Africa magazine between 1983 and 1986 and broadcast regularly for the BBC World Service between 1983 and 1985 He was appointed Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge in 1991, a post he held until 1993 He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1987, and was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Westminster 1997 and Essex 2002.His first two novels, Flowers and Shadows 1980 and The Landscapes Within 1981 , are both set in Nigeria and feature as central characters two young men struggling to make sense of the disintegration and chaos happening in both their family and country The two collections of stories that followed, Incidents at the Shrine 1986 and Stars of the New Curfew 1988 , are set in Lagos and London.In 1991 Okri was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel The Famished Road 1991 Set in a Nigerian village, this is the first in a trilogy of novels which tell the story of Azaro, a spirit child Azaro s narrative is continued in Songs of Enchantment 1993 and Infinite Riches 1998 Other recent fiction includes Astonishing the Gods 1995 and Dangerous Love 1996 , which was awarded the Premio Palmi Italy in 2000 His latest novels are In Arcadia 2002 and Starbook 2007.A collection of poems, An African Elegy, was published in 1992, and an epic poem, Mental Flight, in 1999 A collection of essays, A Way of Being Free, was published in 1997 Ben Okri is also the author of a play, In Exilus.In his latest book, Tales of Freedom 2009 , Okri brings together poetry and story.Ben Okri is a Vice President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001 He lives in London.


    752 Comments

    1. Heaped full of tedious twists and turns, unnecessary verbiage and overuse of the word'astonishing'/'astonishment'. After reading the book, I realised the first and last paragraph carried the exact same message. Thus there was no need for a whole book; essentially, Okri wrote an essay, split it in half, then stuffed a meandering mess of incomprehensible metaphors between them and tied it all together with the word astonishing. Truthfully, I only finished reading the book because it was short(but [...]


    2. I needed to read a Nigerian author for a challenge, and I needed a short book to complete the task in the allotted amount of time, so I choosed Ben Okri's Astonishing the Gods.I regret so much I had to rush throught it. Althougt short and, apparently, a sort of fairy tale, I feel like every word is there for a reason. Okri gives us his utopia, as many philosophers has done before.



    3. Thoughts while reading: What is this book? Who is Ben Okri? Where the heck is Nigeria and why haven't I been there?Migosh.I'm such a mystic-fetishist. The book describes the conversations that occur in the Betweens, the conversations I usually hear "with the Voices in my head". The guides, all of them, the temptations, the losses and fires and archangel of the invisible, the prophet-king, the bridge, the long, long bouts of appreciative silences, are all regular beings in the landscapes of the B [...]



    4. This is some higher grade storytelling that I am unable to fathom. I am not sure if I know what I was reading and yet I kind of followed the story. This book requires the kind of imagination I don't know if I have. Light that is dark, mind bending stuff. I learned a lot about architecture and picked up some useful vocab.


    5. This short story is very spiritual, beautifully written, and went straight over my head. I gave my book club a selection of Okri's work and I have a funny feeling they at going to be very cranky with me.


    6. I read this as soon as it was released as I had read the Famished Road and loved that tremendously, but I was so disappointed with this one, perhaps with my inability to comprehend it, but I found it too complex and didn't get the symbolism. It was a difficult read and I just couldn't get it. I did read it all the way, but did I understand it? Did i enjoy it? Sadly, no. I was so excited for this book too.


    7. A short read that was very symbolic in creating an island where a man exclusively progresses to the point of becoming invisible. This was to be a high level of spiritual attainment that was to represent some sort of deification. I found it very similar to Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Mormon doctrine in that progression is the central focus. It was inspirational as well as stimulating.


    8. I disliked this book intensely. It was a quasi religious experiment in turning everything you know and believe on its head and looking at things from a different perspective. It was patronising and pompous, caught up in its own grandeuer. It was part self-help, part mystical new age twaddle and it left me angry on reading. Thankfully it was short.


    9. An unplotted (well hardly) traipse through a dream-like world. Some cool imagery and some cool points, but I miss having characters and backstory and other common bookish standards. I liked Ben Okri's 'The Famished Road' much better. Similar dream-like imagery, but grounded in reality with real 3D characters, motivations and responses.


    10. What complete and utter tosh!! Annoying and dull tosh at that. Repetitive, packed full of contradictory language (deliberately but for no apparent reason!). It was fantastic, yet crap. Marvellous yet awful. Thought-provoking but brain-numbing. Get the gist? Seeing the invisible, hearing the silence etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. etc.


    11. I remember that I had a hard time reading this book the first time, it is very poetic and dense. Reading it again 3 years later I remember why I still loved it even though it was a difficult read back then. It's magical. It's philosophical. It's such a wise novel. I would recommend it to anyone.


    12. Incredibly surreal writing. A quick read that makes your brain spin in ways you wish it always did regardless of whether you actually like the book or not


    13. An amazing short book,this book is a great example of an uplifting philosophical conundrum which is filled with profound knowledge & wisdom. It Will give you a better perspective of life, It won't take more than a day to read if you can give it few hours. I was awestruck after i read this particular quote from the book which was something like this;If you are trying to find something then you must have lost it and if you have lost something it can never be found. Don't try to find things the [...]


    14. This book was tough for me to finish, despite the fact that it is quite short. It feels like the author set out to write everything as if it were a contradiction. Everything was written with this idea in mind. I felt like the book was so caught up in trying to create this contradictory viewpoint that the story was lost. This book was not for me -- I guess I like more traditional narratives!


    15. Reading this novella felt like entering an ever-changing, slightly didactic dreamworld. It's certainly imaginative and I liked the Alice-in-Wonderland-style moments of challenging everyday concepts we hold to be true. Personally, I prefer books with clearer plots and the poetic imaginings felt a little too indulgent for me, but even so I found it an interesting, thought-provoking short read.


    16. I liked the style and the images and metaphors Okri paints in the book. However, I was not very fond of the story and the plot. Yes, it was beautiful but not exactly what I'd love to read through again.


    17. Such a very trippy book. It was like reading a narrative of a dream: nonsensical but at the same time making perfect sense. I feel like I read it too fast because I wasn't prepared for the story. I wish that I could read it again and meditate on every chapter.




    18. This book was lent to me by my dad and I wanted to like it because he was so enthused but unfortunately it fell in the category of two other books he's lent me in the past: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson by Gurdjieff and Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda. This book does make a step up from those two in that I managed to finish it.All of these books are clearly very popular and yet they just don't resonate with me. Maybe I just don't get on with allegorical texts because the one other book th [...]


    19. This is more of an extended short story than a novel. A young, unidentified man leaves his home country on a quest, arrives at a fabulous island, meets three different enigmatic guides and undergoes a series of abstract and allegorical trials. Senses shift and meld, silences become perfumed, frescoes sing and grand orations are applauded with no sound. The writing is poetic and sensuous but I am not entirely sure that I got the point of it all. I think I will give Okri's other novels a go first [...]


    20. There is a desire when writing a review of this novel to slip into some befuddled mysticism; to speak in, or rather write in words that add to that flavour simply because the book has that character about it. Ii will try to avoid that but nonetheless feel obliged to say that this ia s parable in poetic paradox or perhaps a story set in the myth of creation. Zen like in its simplicity, Taoist in its balance, Confucius like in its wisdom. "Astonishing the Gods" lends poetry to prose in a symphony [...]


    21. Astonishing the Gods, maybe. But just boring me.I'm sure if I read this when I was younger I would have thought it was actually saying something, but to the older me it was just collapsing under the weight of its own sense of self-importance. Ongoing paradoxes in the narrative and an abundance of adjectives aren't enough to lift this beyond the realm of the "poetic yet ultimately empty" category.


    22. An interesting allegory that ask more questions that it answers. It is an attempt to work around the concept of invisibility physical, intellectual, moral, etc. It is an exploration of the incremental and transcendental nature of learning that lies deep within human experience. It is an experimental work - written in almost one sitting and then revised. I am not entirely convinced by the result. Class or crass? Not sure.


    23. Highly descriptive Surreal book, filled with twists and turns. There were certain moments where I felt 'oh yes' I get the message and there were others where I was completely clueless. I read it because I loved famished road, but this is more abstract compared to the famished road. I liked it less. If you like surreal and very descriptive books, go for it. But if you enjoy minimalist fiction, this may not be for you. Still a good read.


    24. If I was still in my early twenties trying to 'find myself' I would probably have enjoyed this more. Reading it felt akin to trudging through the rhyme of the ancient mariner back in school. It's very well thought out and has exceptional ideals and is thought provoking but I just found it too flowery and self important.If you're in a cafe in Amsterdam and see this on the bookshelf give it a read. If you're reading when you get chance between work and nappy changes give it a miss.


    25. It is a lyrical book, on the lines of Paulo Cohelo's The Alchemist. An invisible man's journey, a description of journey that has lot of subtext. However, lazy superficial me was not much interested in deciphering all of the subtexts. Not my kind of book, but would interest anyone who prefers lyrical languages and underlying spiritual/happiness messages in an intriguing journey.


    26. I didn't really like this one, I guess it just isn't my type of book I almost put it down halfway through just because it didn't seem like it was really going anywhere. It has some very good parts, but I think I've already forgotten most of the story.


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