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Σε μια μικρή πόλη της δυτικής Νιγηρίας τέσσερα νεαρά αδέλφια –ο μικρότερος είναι εννιά και ο μεγαλύτερος δεκαπέντε– εκμεταλλεύονται την απουσία του πατέρα τους από το σπίτι για να πάνε για ψάρεμα στο απαγορευμένο κοντινό ποτάμι Εκεί θα συναντήσουν έναν επικίνδυνο τρελό που θα προφητεύσει ότι ο μεγαλύτερος αδελφός θα δολοφονηθεί από ένα από τα αδέλφια του Α?. 45 stars The madman has entered our house with violence Defiling our sacred grounds Claiming the single truth of the universe Bending down our high priests with iron Ah yes the children Who walked on our Forefathers’ graves Shall be stricken with madness They shall grow the fangs of the lizard They shall devour each other before our eyes And by ancient command It is forbidden to stop them poem by Mazisi Kunene the epigraph to The FishermenChigozie Obioma's talent as a powerful storyteller and gifted writer is evident from the very first pages He immediately and vividly evokes the legend behind a key character of the novel's plot the Omi Ala once a pure river a clean source of fish and drinking water and worshipped by the people of Akure like a god became besmirched by rumor condemned as evil by colonialists tooting Christianity; then defiled tabooed and condemned as untouchable in 1995 when its waters became steeped in the blood soaked mystiue of a floating mutilated corpse The Fishermen set in Nigeria in the 1990's when it was under the military rule of General Sani Abacha recounts the fall of the Agwu family Obioma skillfully mixes national unrest westernization and modernity to parallel the paths of his characters without turning the novel into a political diatribe Striking from the start Obioma's prose is hypnotic casting spells on the reader with the folklore of the land the myth and legends that contribute to the decline of the Agwus whose lives are ensnared by their customs and beliefs For Ikenna Boja Obembe and Benjamin the youngest brother of the four and the narrator this is no uplifting coming of age tale or revelatory retrospective contemplation The interwoven parables are hard lessons dark brutal mournful and tragic Crime and punishmentI had to take a breath as a paralyzing sense of pain was palpable when the boys caught for skipping school to go fishing in the forbidden Omi Ala river are severely whipped by their father Eme But just when I felt extreme hatred for Eme there's comprehension not justification for the corporal beating “ What I want you to be is a group of fishermen who will be fishers of good dreams who will not relent until they have caught the biggest catch I want you to be juggernauts menacing and unstoppable fishermenNot the kind that fish at a filthy swamp like the Omi Ala but fishermen of the mind Go getters Children who will dip their hands into rivers seas oceans of this life and become successful doctors pilots professors lawyers ”Prophet of DoomThe boys' fates were already sealed at the forbidden Omi Ala river by an encounter with the town's madman because you know every town has one Abulu a soothsayer said to be possessed by the demon robed from head to foot in filth As he rose spryly to stand some of the filth rose with himhis back was caked with a dripping mess from some dead mango in a state of putrefactionI observed that he carried on his body a variety of odours the most noticeable of which was a faecal smell that wafted at me like a drone of flies when I drew closer to him This smell I thought might have been a result of his going for long without cleaning his anus after excretion” Abulu calls Ikenna by name and foretells his murder at the hand of one of his brothers evoking the biblical Cain and Abel fratricide The gravity of the prophecy and belief in superstition run through the brothers' veins like an infection morbidly threatening its host because even in the hearts of a loving band of brothers harbor the germs of distrust deception jealousy rage and violence Which one of them could be the future killer of his own brother Realizing that Abulu is the cause of conflict between the brothers a gruesome revenge is planned tragically furthering the break down of the family mosaic To look into the future one would see nothing; it was like peeping into a person’s earholeHistorical contextThe author also masterfully uses the Nigerian tradition of storytelling as a literary subversive blanket for socio political criticism; cautious not to overwhelm the central themes it is subtle yet effective Obioma acknowledges that countries can take a wrong turn just as people can Nigeria was created from the ideas of madness deceit and false prophets who have caused disharmony and destruction to Africa allegories in the Fishermen of British intrusion that strongly resemble Chinua Achebe's acclaimed work Things Fall ApartThe African Trilogy #1 one could classify it as the latter's metaphoric grandchild When the British left in 1960 and Nigeria gained independence the people immediately saw their differencesthree major tribes with nothing in common cohabiting to form a ‘nation’and that they could not exist as a nation but it was too late I intend Abulu as a metaphor for this entity that infiltrates the lives of others creates chaos through mere words and causes suffering among the people while the family of four boys is a metaphor for the major tribes of Nigeria Chigozie ObiomaThe Agwu family story unravels between 1993 2003 putting them in the midst of the 1993 elections and its overturning by the junta; MKO Abiola's imprisonment and execution; the dictatorial rule of General Sani Abacha to finally civil governance Whereas a little historical background gives the novel grounding and realness its presence is not necessary to be blown away by the brilliant artful authorship of Chigozie Obioma

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The Fishermenξαιρετική χρήση της γλώσσας Αναφορές στην αφρικάνικη φύση στους μύθους και τις δοξασίες της Νιγηρίας καταγραφή της καθημερινότητας με κύριο άξονα τη σύγκρουση μεταξύ παραδοσιακού και δυτικού τρόπου ζωής σε ένα έξοχο πρώτο βιβλίο ενός λογοτέχνη που αξιοποιεί με μοντέρνο τρόπο την αφρικάνικη αφηγηματική παράδοση και φαίνεται να έχει μακρά καριέρα μπροστά το. The Fishermen tells the story of a family in ruins after a madman's prophesy drives one brother to be plagued with fear Obioma utilizes a lot of mythological and folkloric story telling techniues especially drawing on the natural world It reads much like a parable and I can't help but think that certain parts especially the title are direct biblical allusionsI'll admit I wasn't a big fan of the first half of this story It seems disjointed and focused on setting up the atmosphere of the boys' Nigerian hometown Akure along with the transformation their family undergoes But about halfway through something happens that triggers the events to come as well as brings together some elements from the beginning and that propelled me to read the rest of the novel with fervor I think Obioma like Achebe and Adichie has a strong voice and important things to say As his debut novel The Fishermen shows the literary prowess of someone far beyond his years I was moved by the brotherhood these boys shared; I was torn by the grief that Benjamin the narrator undergoes; and I was filled with hope by the end of the novel There is much to be mulled over in this novel It's packed with motifs and themes that could keep you thinking for days And I'm sure that the I reflect on this novel the I will enjoy it

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Read ´ The Fishermen Î PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¹ Σε μια μικρή πόλη της δυτικής Νιγηρίας τέσσερα νεαρά αδέλφια –ο μικρότερος είναι εννιά και ο μεγαλύτερος δεκαπέντε– εκμεταλλεύοντ?τή η προφητεία θα σταθεί η αφορμή να διαλυθεί ο ισχυρός δεσμός τους και η αφετηρία μιας αλυσίδας τραγικών γεγονότων σχεδόν μυθικών διαστάσεων Μια ιστορία αγάπης μίσους και εκδίκησης που διαδραματίζεται με φόντο τις κοινωνικοπολιτικές εξελίξεις στη Νιγηρία της δεκαετίας του ’90 Μια συγκλονιστική αφήγηση με τη φωνή του μικρότερου αδελφού του Μπέντζαμιν και ε. I loved this story from the start The first uarter of the novel had me chuckling and nodding my head in recognition at the family dynamics especially when it comes to strict Education Education parents Chigozie's imagery and metaphors are superb and something in the prose and unfolding of events gives the story a magical realism bent though everything is plausible Really the story is presented as a fable with nearly each chapter named after an animal and beginning with who that animal represents At the same time the overall feel is fresh and modern THE FISHERMEN is humorous and heartbreaking and touching and I'm sure a second read will prove both rewarding and revealing