Chigozie Obioma Makes The Man Booker Prize Longlist
It is just another day to be a proud Nigerian and an awesome African. Yesterday, the longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday, Wednesday 29 July 2015 and Nigerian author, Chigozie Obioma’s novel, ‘The Fisherman’ made the longlist along with twelve others.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success. This is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. The 2015 Man Booker Longlist is big on first time writers and the list is made up of thirteen authors.
For those of us who haven’t read the book. We would do you one better and give you a brief review
Four middle-class Nigerian brothers, Ikenna, Boja, Obembe and Benjamin, decide to go fishing in a river. They do this without their mother’s knowledge, carefully hiding away their fishing kit when they come home. Their career lasts six weeks before they are discovered by a neighbour, who tells their mother. One day at the river they meet the local oddball, Abulu, who has the power of prophecy, and who predicts that Ikenna, the eldest, will be killed by one of his brothers; by a “fisherman”. It is from this simple, almost mythological conceit that Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel grows, gaining complexity and power as it rises to its heartbreaking climax.
Review From The Guardian
No!! There won’t be spoilers, support a brother by buying the book and also because it is a very interesting book.
Good luck Chigozie, we hope you win this one.