An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman who is about to jump off a bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, he hurls two of his prized chickens off the bridge. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks. Chinonso and Ndali fall in love but she is from an educated and wealthy family. When her family objects to the union on the grounds that he is not her social equal, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives in Cyprus, he discovers that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements for him. Penniless, homeless, we watch as he gets further and further away from his dream and from home."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316412391
Call Number: FICTION OBIOMA 2019
Characteristics: 448 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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A Homerian tale of a Nigerian poultry farmer who embarks on an epic journey to win the hand of a woman far above his station.

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Jun 21, 2020

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STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

I chose to read a book by Chigozie Obioma for the “mythology or folklore” category of the Read Harder Challenge. I really enjoyed his first book The Fisherman and couldn’t wait for Orchestra of Minorities to be published. Obioma’s concept was pretty interesting. The book is told from the perspective of the main character’s chi, his guardian spirit. Chinonso is a chicken farmer who goes on a great and tragic journey to earn the respect of the woman he loves named Ndali. I had high hopes for this mix of Greek mythology and Igbo cosmology but I found myself frustrated by many events and the response of the characters. Fortunately, I listened to the audio book and Chukwudi Iwuji’s passionate narration was stunning.

Jul 04, 2019

The reviewers say it much more eloquently than I. A book of great spiritual axioms told in the Igbo tradition. This will be purchased and added to my own library as it can be read again and again with new lessons learned each time. A classic.

Jul 02, 2019

A new novel from the fertile literary grounds of Nigeria. Chigozie Obioma's book weaves Igbo myth, culture, and religion into a contemporary story about an innocent chicken farmer who falls in love, gives up his life in Nigeria, and sells everything to go to school in Cyprus, only to find that he's been duped. If you've read "Things Fall Apart," you'll have some familiarity with Igbo customs and the novel, in an unusual move, is narrated by the man's chi or personal spirit. It's a rich novel, both Homeric and picaresque. Other Nigerian books worth checking out are "Half of a Yellow Sun," "The Palm-Wine Drinkard," and "Freshwater."


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