An Orchestra of Minorities

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (18.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100146122
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781549177767
Narrator/s: Chukwudi Iwuji
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma. Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped her in her tracks. Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home.Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination..

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Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Awards:2019-Fiction-Shortlist-Man Booker Prize
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2019

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Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Narrator(s): Chukwudi Iwuji
Product Number DD42815
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781549149610
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Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Product Number EB00738187
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316420167
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Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Product Number EB00729438
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780316490610

Professional reviews

"Narrator Chukwudi Iwuji has us laughing and crying along with an unnamed chi, or ancestral Nigerian spirit. Through his observations, we hear about the life, love, and difficulties of a poor chicken farmer named Chinonso. Iwuji sounds confident and persistent as he portrays Chinonso's determination in ringing tones and a gentle cadence. This is a contemporary African Romeo and Juliet story, which Iwuji narrates with omniscience, as the chi sees all and reports all to the listener. We are rooting for Chinonso to end up with Ndali, whose wealthy family doesn't care that he saved her life. Will he manage to climb the social ladder and win Ndali's hand? We listen with fingers crossed in hope. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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