The Fishermen: A Novel by Chigozie ObiomaThe Fishermen: A Novel by Chigozie Obioma

The Fishermen: A Novel

byChigozie Obioma

Paperback | July 5, 2016

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A striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood, by a Nigerian writer theNew York Timeshas crowned "the heir to Chinua Achebe."

Told by nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they meet a madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of the book's characters and readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, THE FISHERMEN is an essential novel about Africa, seen through the prism of one family's destiny.
Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria. His work has appeared in theVirginia Quarterly Review,TransitionandThe Millions, among others. Obioma has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus, and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he teaches Literature and Writing at the University of Nebraska.The Fishermenis his first novel.
Title:The Fishermen: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316338354

ISBN - 13:9780316338356


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first novel! Chigozie Obioma is able to describe 1990s Nigeria as if I were there. Rich in vocabulary and filled with many examples read the story of Nigerian brothers as seen through the narrative of one of the brothers; 9 year old Benjamin. Religion, politics, corruption, principles and, yes, redemption. They're all there in this book. Richard F. Indigo National Staff Pick reader/seller
Date published: 2015-08-24

Editorial Reviews

"Grips readers from the very first chapter."--Caroline Hallemann, Travel & Leisure"THE FISHERMEN establishes Obioma as a writer to be taken seriously.... Ingenious, subtle, ambitious and intriguing."--Stuart Kelly, Times Literary Supplement"Unforgettable.... There is something almost mystical about Obioma's writing as well as his story, and it makes this book nearly impossible to put down."--Vol. 1 Brooklyn "Folklore-infused."--Megan O'Grady, Vogue"[A] deeply imaginative, stirring debut novel.... For those interested in a gripping, at times nail-biting, read, give this new author a try."--Coastal Living"Seamlessly interweaving the everyday and the elemental, Obioma's strange, imaginative debut probes the nature of belief and the power of family bonds.... Obioma excels at juxtaposing sharp observation, rich images of the natural world, and motifs from biblical and tribal lore; his novel succeeds as a convincing modern narrative and as a majestic reimagining of timeless folklore."--Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review)"Elegantly near-mythic.... Made vivid by the well-rendered specifics, Obioma's quietly unfolding story of family tragedy gathers strength as its cycle of violence spins faster and faster."--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal"The talented Obioma exhibits a richly nuanced understanding of culture and character.... A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty."--Kirkus Reviews"[A] striking debut."--BookPage"Chigozie Obioma's gift and the authenticity of his voice are immediately apparent. What makes the narrative of THE FISHERMEN so striking and seductive is that it broaches magic realism yet stays entirely, and convincingly, in the realm of real life. Magic believed in is stark reality. One finds oneself in full suspension of disbelief that old legends and myths persist in perpetual reincarnation in present-day lives so that every character, scenes, and imagery jump off the page, firmly to lodge in the reader's mind."--Irini Spanidou, author of Before"I find the author Chigozie Obioma formidably articulate and with great talent. I believe that he has it in him to become one of the best writers of the upcoming crop of young African authors."--Nuruddin Farah, author of Maps and Hiding in Plain Sight