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.
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by Chris Jericho
by Chris Abani
by Chris Hayes
by Chris Widener
by Chris Brogan
by Chris Fabry
by Chris Crutcher
by Chris Ryan
by Chris Crowe
by Chris Cleave
"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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