In this dazzling debut by a singular new talent, the sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Graceland by Chris Abani. GraceLand is a novel by Nigerian-American author Chris Abani. Graceland is a dazzling debut by a singular new talentThe sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis.

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They are moral anchors in a world that has seemingly lost its moral compass. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I mean, Abani puts together sentences like this: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Abani’s prose is so effortless and fluid, you can’t help but be drawn into the world he’s created. Buy the selected items together This item: Having never visited a real slumI have foggy ideas of its povertyof putrid streets and filthy public toilets.

He talks about anani concept of the African extended family, saying so much in his description of a distant cousin still being Elvis’ “brother”.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Largely set in Lagos, Nigeria between the s and s, the story takes place at time where modernization and western culture conflict with traditional modes of thought.

Feb 16, Laura rated it liked it. Public Offerings Book 1: However, other reviews, such as Kirkus Reviewshad a slightly more critical view on the novel, stating: Graceland is the story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria, where gracelanr trappings of American culture reign supreme. Every alternating chapter brings us back into the past, starting with Elvis as a five-year-old little boy and moving all the way up to his present so that both times eventually meet, in an braceland seamless fashion.

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Besides, I’ve never been one to approach celebrities, literary or otherwise. Abani’s debut novel offers a searing chronicle of a young man’s coming of age in Nigeria during the late s and early s.

Here is what Abani tells Tayari Jones about the scene in an April interview in In the very first scene of the book, when the aabni Elvis is awoken by a pounding Nigerian rainstorm, we read this: Like Elvis, he survived a brutal upbringing; this novel is testament to the clarity, courage and compassion with which he faced the trials of his life.

Story about a young man trying to get by in Lagos slums in the s.


I read the novel with false hopes all the way to the end, and the ending was my punishment for it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This knowledge, associated with femininity, sustains Elvis throughout the narrative. His, and the corpses of many others, are left amidst the rubble as abami message to survivors.

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Also be sure to read the somber audio book performed by the author. This is your book. It was like a slow moving train chugging toward an unknown destination, and all of a sudden we switched tracks, sped up, and crashed into a place we never thought ababi end up. The Parameters of Longing. Nigerian Chris Abani is such a writer. An honest account of the flaws of humanity.

I felt a bit cheated, like the male characters were more developed and the female characters functioned as sources of tragedy or of frustration. And some other things. There are multiple scenes in which they try on gracleand and contemplate homosexuality. Gracfland make a story unique to the author, place, and narrative. At least that’s how I felt while living Elvis’ life.


There was something gluttonous about the scene, with the swimming pool in the background, and all the fawning attention. You can see this link much more in music.

This book is one of those books that, no graceoand how intense and devastating its content, is written so well that you just don’t want it to end. These moments are redeemed by humor, the kindness Elvis and his friends show one another, and the insistent humanity of these very average people, a humanity that refuses to be crushed by poverty or beaten down by the rifle butts of government soldiers.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Which begs the question, how much Chris Abani is there in Elvis and Black? Worth reading for its searing depiction of modern Africa, but Abani is no Chinua Achebe. After growing up poor and undernourished, his body couldn’t handle the comfort food and the drugs he could suddenly afford after growing rich off cover versions of black artists, heh.

Others are named abanl rock stars, which may be the modern equivalent.

Graceland left me with a haunted feeling when I turned the last page. Is this feature helpful? By using this site, you agree to the Terms anani Use and Privacy Policy.

You can email him at shaun [at] themantle. Jun 18, Carolyn rated it really liked it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.