The Famished Road is narrated by Azaro, an African spirit-child or abiku who, in the folklore of southern Nigeria, is destined to move continually between life and spiritual paradise in an unending cycle of infant death and rebirth. Azaro, however, is tired of never staying long enough to experience life, and decides on this occasion to remain, "to put," he says, "a smile on my mother's face."
Random House: 1991. ISBN: 9780224027014. 480 pp.Hardcover. Very good.
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