An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma 464 pages

Nigerian born author, Obioma, has written a novel about love and loss.  His second work of fiction is the story of Chinonso, also known as Solomon.  He is a poultry farmer in Nigeria who is quite content living on his farm, but is willing to sacrifice it for the woman he loves.  Ndali, the woman, is from a wealthy family that values a good education.  Without much thought, Chinonso sells his farm and applies to a college in Cyprus.  What ensues is tragic, but Chinonso continues to love Ndali despite everything.

The narrator of An Orchestra of Minorities is a “chi,” which in Nigerian lore is a guardian spirit.  The narrator is Solomon’s chi,  who seems powerless to prevent all that happens to his host.  This chi is also extremely wordy and tends to digress often, which I think will frustrate many readers.

 

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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma 464 pages

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