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A Spirit Child, A Gambler, and a Crowing Cock - Librarian Book Picks

By ZODML on 1 Sep, 2014

Check out this week’s selection of great books chosen by our librarians! You can find all of these awesome titles and more at our Community Library at 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Looking for your next great read? Search our catalogue and e-library or browse previous picks for inspiration.

The Famished Road by Ben Okri

This Booker Prize-winning novel is narrated by Azaro, a spirit-child or abiku who, in the folklore of Southern Nigeria, is destined to move between life and spiritual paradise in an unending death and rebirth. Azaro, however, is tired of never staying long enough to experience life and decides one day to remain put in the land of the living.

Running After Riches by Oladejo Okediji

Running After Riches is an absorbing English translation of the author's Yoruba-language play Aajo Aje. Captivating from beginning to end, it vividly illustrates the peculiar Yoruba habit of thought and language which studs discussions with a lavish adornment of proverbs and figure. The story hinges on the mystery surrounding predestination, the danger of fickleness and indecision, the distraction of interference by friends, the suffocating stranglehold of dogma, and the vice-like tentacles that grip the irredeemable gambler.

The Crowing Cock by HG Moses

A retelling of Jesus Christ's Passion for young readers.

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