An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities

A heart-breaking and mythic 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. A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman A heart-breaking and mythic story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves...

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Title:An Orchestra of Minorities
Author:Chigozie Obioma
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0316412392
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

An Orchestra of Minorities Reviews

  • Jessica Jeffers
    Feb 04, 2019
    This is a dense read that may intimidate a lot of readers, and it took a while to get a feel for it, but I ultimately found a clever, fascinating story. More to come. ...
  • Beverly
    Jan 22, 2019
    thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Manny
    Dec 20, 2018
    If the prey do not produce their version of the tale, the predators will always be the heroes in the story of the hunt, says the quotation which opens this unusual and beautiful novel; and indeed, we come to understand that the "minorities" in its title are the prey, so often voiceless...
  • Robert Sheard
    Feb 20, 2019
    The main story is interesting, with elements of Homer's Odyssey at work, and elements that are reminiscent of Shakespeare's major tragedies. But the frame tale, based on Igbo cosmology, gets imbalanced for me. The novel could have been at least 100 pages shorter and just as effective h...
  • Ken
    Dec 19, 2017
    UPDATE AFTER READING THE ACTUAL ARC: After trying for so long, I finally got my hands on the novel!! As anyone who has seen my posts know, I loved THE FISHERMEN and believe Obioma is probably one of the top 5 greatest writers writing right now. He is doing what no one else is doing,...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 26, 2018
    I kept half-joking as I read this book that I was bracing myself for the surely terrible things that were to come. I read THE FISHERMEN, a beautiful gut-punch of a book, and while I didn't approach Obioma's second novel with trepidation I did approach with caution. Sure enough, this is...
  • Stephen
    Apr 03, 2019
    loved the story of this novel and can see it being longlisted for the booker prize but however felt could of been slightly shorter as lost it mid way through novel but overall liked the book ...
  • Emily May
    Nov 26, 2018
    Agbatta-Alumalu, the fathers of old say that without light, a person cannot sprout shadows. My host fell in love with this woman. She came as a strange, sudden light that caused shadows to spring from everything else. Wow. How do I even begin to review this book? All words seem inad...
  • Krista
    Jan 22, 2019
    ?Oh God! Nonso, they are! It is like a coordinated song, the kind they sing during burial ceremonies. Like a choir. And what they are singing is a song of sorrow. Just listen, Nonso.? She stood silent for a moment, then she stepped back a bit and snapped her fingers. ?It is true...
  • Carol Kean
    Aug 11, 2018
    Brilliant narrative, with riveting prose, a fresh, original voice, a fascinating perspective: the "chi" or spirit co-habiting a human's body is aware of the human soul, but the human is unaware of the chi. Sometimes the chi tries to warn the human of danger or inspire him to take a luc...
  • Louise
    Apr 17, 2019
    Obioma is a masterful storyteller! ...
  • Andre
    Sep 22, 2018
    Wow! Although I read this book a few months ago. I have finally got around to crafting some words which I hope testify to my enthusiasm even months after completing this fine work. The fact I can still ?feel? this book this is a testament to the strong writing, which I noted as mag...
  • Shane
    Mar 11, 2019
    I will say first up that An Orchestra of Minorities is well written though I did find it at times painfully long winded. I enjoyed the Igbo culture and language. I enjoyed the start of the book and the burgeoning love story between Chinonso and Ndali. But the more I think about it ...
  • Bam
    Jun 04, 2018
    This is a beautifully written story, a love story, an odyssey, and ultimately a tragedy. Set in Umuahi, Nigeria and Cyprus, it is the life story of Chinonso Solomon Olisa, a young poultry farmer who falls in love with a beautiful young woman far above him in class. In order to marry he...
  • Perry
    Jan 08, 2019
    Symphony of the thousand natural shocks [t]hat flesh is heir to. "Hamlet"* This is a superbly written, expertly structured, often captivating, One Hundred Eighty Proof Tragedy, Through and Through, for which it may suffer in GR ratings. Which is too bad, because it is an intelligen...
  • Marchpane
    Jan 03, 2019
    Right from the start of An Orchestra of Minorities we know the main character Nonso, a humble poultry farmer, has done something very bad but we don?t yet know what it is. His ?chi?, a sort of guardian spirit, is interceding with the Igbo deity on Nonso?s behalf, and this chi n...
  • Erin Glover
    Apr 28, 2019
    In a fascinating twist to normal storytelling, a spirit guide narrates this love story. We learn about the inner struggles of the protagonist, a Nigerian poultry farmer, from his chi. The chi not only chronicles Chinonso?s daily life, it informs and mesmerizes us with ancient wisdom....
  • Tom Evans
    Jan 18, 2019
    This was a book I had no idea what to expect as I began, but I was quickly absorbed by its mysticism and unique writing style as part of the Igbo, Indigenous African tradition, from the first few chapters and sustained throughout. Obioma left me engrossed by a unique and memorable p...
  • Jan
    Jan 29, 2019
    This is a grim, sad story, made bearable by Obioma?s rather stately writing and his use of the protagonist?s chi, a spirit character in Igbo cosmology, to relate the story of our good-hearted chicken farmer. The book could have been tighter, and the last fourth felt draggy and repe...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Jan 10, 2019
    An Orchestra of Minorities is a very original story and very different from anything I have read. It?s a rich, complex tale about love, sacrifice and misfortune. The story is narrated by our main character Chinonso?s Chi, a guardian spirit. The Chi guides him and us through the sto...
  • Fran
    Jun 11, 2018
    Based upon Nigerian Igbo beliefs, each being has a "chi", a guardian spirit. A chi has gone through many cycles of reincarnation and is familiar with earthy challenges. In the present cycle of life, Chinonso Solomon Olisa is a host. His chi, the book's commentator, tries to intercede, ...
  • Thabo
    Jan 16, 2019
    Is the sacrifice, no matter how big or necessary, for you or for them? Think about that, before and after you read one of my favorite books of all time. ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Mar 19, 2019
    ?A poultry farmer named Jamike Nwaorji, having groomed him for some time, having plucked excess feathers from his body, having fed him with mash and millet, having let him graze about gaily, having probably staunched a leg wounded by a stray nail, had now sealed him up in a cage. An...
  • Lou
    Jan 17, 2019
    An Orchestra of Minorities, Man Booker Shortlisted Chigozie Obioma's second novel, is a powerful cry for justice from main character Chinonso. From the first page right through to the last I was utterly riveted and read the entire book in a single intense sitting. Beautifully written a...
  • Never Without a Book™
    Feb 20, 2019
    Sacrifices we make for love, is what sums up An Orchestra of Minorities; Chigozie Obioma retelling of Homer?s Odyssey. Obioma?s modern myth is made authentic by blending in African folklore, fables and proverbs and articulating a range of poetic voices. Told through Chinonso?s ?...
  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar
    Jan 28, 2019
    An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma is a gripping love story with tragic consequences. Chinonso Solomon Olisa is a humble chicken farmer with a gentle spirit and compassionate heart. He leads a quiet, uneventful life, nurturing his chickens and goslings with tenderness an...
  • Abbie | ab_reads
    Feb 15, 2019
    Thank you @littlebrown for providing me a copy of this one to review - unfortunately, despite my high hopes having loved The Fishermen, An Orchestra of Minorities was not the book for me. . I don?t really feel equipped to designate this book a star rating, especially since I freely...
  • Ilana
    Feb 24, 2019
    Well that was rather stupendous. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius, you might quite aptly say. I was bowled over by his debut novel The Fishermen too; whatever Obioma cooks up next, I?ll be waiting for it eagerly. ...
  • Alis
    Feb 01, 2019
    Beautiful writing and interesting philosophy totally wasted on a book that doesn't think of women as people. Nothing but a litany of excuses for a man's violence being let loose on a woman he supposedly loves. Every terrible wrong in his life, of which she was not actor or creator, bei...
  • Victoria Iyene
    Oct 11, 2018
    This is probably the most powerful and inventive book I have read in my life. The only possible comparison to the breadth and power of this book is Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. The symphonic power, the radiance of the language, and the invention of an entire cosmos is simply, ...