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read GraceLand free read È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Chris Abani Chris Abani ó 0 free read N the filthy shack he shares with his alcoholic father his stepmother and his stepsiblings He applies thick makeup that turns his black skin white to make his performances convincing for American tourists and hopefully net him dollars But still he finds himself constantly broke Beset by hopelessness and daunted by the sualor and violence of his daily life he must finally abandon his dreamWith job prospects few and far between Elvis is tempted to a life of cri. Writers are dangerous so says AS Byatt and when you read Chris Abani you see exactly how the truth can kill Abani s stories show us life balanced on the blade of a knife His novel Graceland chronicles a dark page of Nigeria s history as we follow a young boy learning to live and love in the turbulent eighties Graceland opens with a nod to Langston Hughes A Dream Deferred Elvis our young Nigerian protagonist desperately wants to be a dancer and in the midst of war and political revolution this dream dries up festers like a sore and decays with the death that surrounds him Graceland like Jessica Hagedorn s novels Dogeaters or Dream Jungle crams fistfuls of characters into bustling Third World nightmares Whether its Manila or Lagos each soul for better or for worse is forced to angle their own path to survival Graceland is an Inferno on earth and Abani s hero Elvis follows the footsteps of Florentine pilgrim Dante As Elvis matures from self indulgent and naive boy to awakened man he s initiated into the sinful ways of his world and like Dante he sees firsthand how degrees of sin match degrees of survival Though unlike our Tuscan journeyman Elvis is granted two guides Redemption and the King of Beggars Each play tug o war with Elvis conscience Redemption who entangles Elvis into a life of crime lifts the veil of innocence for us and our hero when he asks So are you telling me dat stealing bread from bakery to feed yourself and killing some boy is de same Everything got degreeAs in Inferno the one pure source of light our pilgrim s enduring star is Beatrice Elvis mother Though Elvis strays from his path and is lost in the dark wood of his country in strife his mother through her written notes on Igbo culture and her record of recipes for sustenance and medicine reading like prophecies keep Elvis sane and compassionate What s disturbing and therefore powerful about Graceland is knowing that Abani s novel is most likely true Though the characters are make believe anyone who reads the newspapers or watches the BBC news knows that Elvis journey happens everyday Pick a country any country whether it be Thailand Sri Lanka Somalia Zimbabwe Brazil or Mexico Abani s work serves as live wire transmissions of today s urban anonymity from all the dark nooks of our global metropolises In that respect we also see the over reach of American and Western culture and ideals As Barthelme s writing reveals no part of our life is left unadulterated by the media and in Abani s novel we also find that no corner of the earth is left untainted by Western influences The conseuences of this is a protagonist who is hyper self conscious His dreams and hopes feed off movies and music which are then appropriated and made new by his Nigerian culture The media is constantly recycling and transforming itself as the lives it influences actively transform and reinvent new identities as new modes of survival Graceland is a testament to the shock and awe practice of today s geopolitics Abani doesn t flinch to bring these stories to light His writing is dangerous only in that he holds a mirror up to us and asks us to take a hard look at ourselves

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read GraceLand free read È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Chris Abani Chris Abani ó 0 free read Me by the easy money his friend Redemption tells him is to be had in Lago's underworld But the King of the Beggars Elvis's enigmatic yet faithful adviser intercedes And so torn by the frustration of unrealizable dreams and accompanied by an eclectic chorus of voices Elvis must find a way to a Graceland of his own makingGraceland is the story of a son and his father and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign suprem. I enjoyed this book A tragic but engaging story about Elvis a young man who dreamed of becoming a dancer However his move to Lagos with his family was followed by a series of horrific experiences that buried that dream I particularly enjoyed the dialogue in this novel Realistic and hilarious I didn t understand the need for all the POV switches and interruptions to write food recipes In my opinion it dampened the flow of this great story that deserves 5 starsI recommend this book

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read GraceLand free read È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Chris Abani Chris Abani ó 0 free read This novel is set in Maroko a sprawling swampy crazy and colorful ghetto of Lagos Nigeria and unfolds against a backdrop of lush reggae and highlife music American movies and a harsh urban existence Elvis Oke a teenage Elvis impersonator spurred on by the triumphs of heroes in the American movies and books he devours pursues his chosen vocation with ardent single mindedness He suffers through hours of practice set to the tinny tunes emanating from the radio i. This book is one of those books that no matter how intense and devastating its content is written so well that you just don t want it to end Abani s prose is so effortless and fluid you can t help but be drawn into the world he s created In this case Lagos Nigeria in the early 1980s with flashbacks a few years earlier We follow Elvis his real name a Nigerian teenager who longs to dance and do his Elvis impersonation what commentary on internal colonization in that one characteristic but instead is faced with a brutally violent environment a father struggling to make sense of his own disappointments and grief and an array of other male characters that have their own agendas If you choose to read this book get ready for an experience unlike any other I found myself not wanting to tear my eyes away even during scenes that were so gruesome that I found myself cringing as I read But it s worth it if only to witness the brilliance that one writer can achieve within the space of 321 pages


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    read GraceLand Chris Abani ó 0 free read EBOOK / PDF [GraceLand] I have mixed feelings about this book and while I’m glad I read it it’s a difficult book to recommend to anyone I’d say one of the main weaknesses is an inconsistency in tone throughout the book Abani veers all over t

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    read GraceLand EBOOK / PDF [GraceLand] In the very first scene of the book when the protagonist Elvis is awoken by a pounding Nigerian rainstorm we read this The book he had fallen asleep reading Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man fell from his side to the floor the old paperback cracking at the spine falling neatly into two halves as precisely as if sliced by a swordThat's the kind of first scene statement that has symbolism written all over it Here is what Abani tells Tayari Jones

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    read GraceLand Chris Abani ó 0 free read EBOOK / PDF [GraceLand] This book is one of those books that no matter how intense and devastating its content is written so well that you just don't want it to end Abani's prose is so effortless and fluid you can't help but be drawn into the world he's created In this case Lagos Nigeria in the early 1980s with flashbacks a few years earlier We follow Elv

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    EBOOK / PDF [GraceLand] Chris Abani ó 0 free read read GraceLand I loved my journey with this book I was especially fond of the way Oye speaks Elvis is a flawed boy that you can't help but love The story leaves you ramsacked you feel like a shipwreck At least that's how I felt while living Elvis' life An h

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    Chris Abani ó 0 free read free read È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Chris Abani read GraceLand This novel blew me away Abani has written such a harrowing story that just yanked on my emotions I really can't describe the story because there was so much contained in its 300 pages It's certainly not for the faint of heart

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    EBOOK / PDF [GraceLand] I enjoyed this book A tragic but engaging story about Elvis a young man who dreamed of becoming a dancer However his move to Lagos with his family was followed by a series of horrific experiences that buried tha

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    EBOOK / PDF [GraceLand] free read È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Chris Abani I had lunch with Chris Abani last week He came to the university where I work to speak to a room full of international students and over a delectable plate of Southern soul food he told stories And he can definitely do thatAbani is a professor at Northwestern a Nigerian native as big as an NFL defensive tackle But in a s

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  • Paperback
  • 336
  • GraceLand
  • Chris Abani
  • English
  • 06 November 2018
  • 9780312425289