CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: CF095
Released: Nov 04, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419303012
Narrator/s: Chris Abani
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The Elvis Oke of Chris Abani's novel is a child left to fend for himself in the urban jungle of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a talent for Elvis impersonations (hence the name) and wants to make it big so he can escape his violent and tumultuous life. In a place where angels fear to tread and only fools rush in, Elvis searches for redemption and a small piece of graceland.

Author(s): Chris Abani
Imprint: Griot Audio


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Product Number: BX00002879
Product Number:CF095
Product Number:Z0667

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Author(s): Chris Abani
Narrator(s): Chris Abani
Product Number Z0667
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449889791
Author(s): Chris Abani
Product Number EB00102474
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429929820

Professional reviews

"What's so interesting about a teenager who's an Elvis Presley impersonator? His real name is Elvis, and he lives in Nigeria. Such is our introduction to the world of Chris Abani, where young men participate in initiation rites, Bob Marley wails on the radio, and modern American films influence the vocabulary of the locals. Characters, including the story's narrator, slip in and out of Yoruba, Scottish-accented English, and a curious collection of American slang. This is a mŽlange of traditional, colonialist, and cross-pollinated cultures. The author is not a polished actor. He reads rather than performs. But what a wonderful introduction to contemporary African literature! P.R. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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