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Astonishing the Gods [PDF / Epub] ☉ Astonishing the Gods Author Ben Okri – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 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.


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  1. Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) says:

    This review is going to be slightly confusing in advance readers, you have been warned Astonishing the Gods is one of those books where you really love the imagination and craft that has gone into it However, it s one of those books that you really don t understand it whatsoever A total see saw kind of read if you will Very short and fast paced, we end up in this situation where hearing different voices in someone s head can determine who you are as a person It is philosophical and psycholog This review is going to be slightly confusing in advance readers, you have been warned Astonishing the Gods is one of those books where you really love the imagination and craft that has gone into it However, it s one of those books that you really don t understand it whatsoever A total see saw kind of read if you will Very short and fast paced, we end up in this situation where hearing different voices in someone s head can determine who you are as a person It is philosophical and psychological, yet almost dream like It was an abrupt ending however and I wasconfused than fulfilled


  2. Chiamaka Chiamaka says:

    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 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 certainly not concise I can only compare my experience to getting a wisdom tooth extracted without anesthetic, while sitting on a rusty six inch nail Astonishing the Gods could have been exhilarating but due to Okri s flowery, garish and over zealous prose, it was simply, trite


  3. Roberta Roberta says:

    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.


  4. Chavelli Sulikowska Chavelli Sulikowska says:

    Enchanting, magical and imaginative Okri s miraculous fairytale retold contemplates an interesting conundrum how does one cope with being invisible in an age when the visual image is paramount Okri perfectly captures the essence of this question in the following passage it is better to be invisibletheir lives stretched back into the invisible centuries and all that had come down from those differently coloured ages were legends and rich tradition, unwritten and therefore remembered Enchanting, magical and imaginative Okri s miraculous fairytale retold contemplates an interesting conundrum how does one cope with being invisible in an age when the visual image is paramount Okri perfectly captures the essence of this question in the following passage it is better to be invisibletheir lives stretched back into the invisible centuries and all that had come down from those differently coloured ages were legends and rich tradition, unwritten and therefore remembered They were remembered because they were lived Okri s philosophical, semi mystic approach was both thought provoking and captivating, without being tangled to the point of losing the readers attention or provoking a frantic mental scramble to get out His literary prowess is clear, and I look forward to readingfrom this accomplished author


  5. Kala Kala says:

    What I learned from this book Everything


  6. Alia Makki Alia Makki says:

    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 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 BetweensI seem to write longer reviews here especially when I m mysticstruck Every time I find a book that deals with the Betweens, I gush It s getting old, and I m sorry I m such a bore But to be otherwise, to write other things that are less mystical,commercial, turns me and my table and every technological advantage bestowed upon me into flaccid matter as dull as dinars I am never going to find the Betweens through these books and descriptions I m only finding validation, the assurance that I m not so crazy I m not off the charts That it may not be mainstream, but it s a valid, worthwhile and occasionally joyous path nonethelessIf I can t find the Betweens, and get over this awestruck tone, then I m never going to find it It s here, in the stillness It s not a place of arrival or a real estate to mortgage It s not a reachable goal It s not stagnant It s there, just close enough for perfection s despair to almost, almost reach and always, always lose again.And to dare living without goals, to accept the decisiveness of constant loss, might as well be the only work we re meant to do here, to keep repeating and relearning, and never really get used to


  7. Tumelo Moleleki Tumelo Moleleki says:

    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.


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    I m not going to lie, I didn t understand this but I m not sure I m supposed to Given that this is such a short novel, the beautiful language and imagery kept me interested when my understanding failed and that s why I m still rating this 3 stars I found the audiobook version pretty engaging, so I would suggest it to anyone struggling with this novel.


  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    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.


  10. Ims Taylor Ims Taylor says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW the most magical book I have ever read, Alice in wonderland dreaminess a thousandfold, feels like you re in a dream it really does


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