An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma audiobook

An Orchestra of Minorities

By Chigozie Obioma
Read by Chukwudi Iwuji

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown, Hachette Book Group 9780316412391


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549149610

  • ISBN: 9781549149603

  • ISBN: 9781549150951

Runtime: 18.14 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of Best Books to Read This Winter

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in Fiction

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 13 Books to Wake Up Your Book Club

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Pick of Books You Should Read This Month

A Literary Hub Pick of the Week

The "superb and tragic" Booker Prize finalist about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by the author of The Fishermen (Boston Globe)

Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. The woman, Ndali, is stopped her in her tracks.

Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.. Penniless, homeless, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further away from his dream, from Ndali and the farm he called home.

Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A story about class and male rage and the strangling of opportunity…The ‘orchestra of minorities’ refers to the crying of birds mourning the slaughtered among them. It extends, symbolically, to the broader human community of the poor, the dispirited, the silenced, the plundered…It’s a story as old as the epic, but, sadly, an all too modern one.” New York Times Book Review
Gorgeously written, with a twist of magical realism and a heavy dose of sad reality, this is your big novel of the winter. Washington Post
“An ingenious modern spin on Homer’s Odyssey and a captivating study of a man who refuses to be broken.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
Transcendent . . . Chigozie Obioma's second novel is a rare treasure: a book that deepens the mystery of the human experience. Seattle Times
A tale of mythic nature and epic scale at times recalling Homer's Odyssey-a sweeping story about destiny and the power of choice. Vanity Fair
“A linguistically flamboyant, fast-moving, fatalistic saga of one man’s personal disaster…The story is extreme; yet its theme is a bid for mercy for that most fragile of creatures: a human.” The Guardian (London)
“An unusual and brilliantly original book.” The Economist (London)
His is a bracing and searing work that compresses an ordinary life into an epic journey. Houston Chronicle
"Destined to become a classic. Hello Giggles
This is a powerful, multifarious novel that underlines Obioma's status as one of the most exciting voices in modern African literature. Financial Times
“A rare treasure: a book that deepens the mystery of the human experience…A transcendent read.” Seattle Times
“Beguiling and ambitious…a hefty, dense transnational reimagination of the Odyssey." Los Angeles Review of Books
“Obioma explores the thematic power and appeal of fate in his masterful sophomore novel, An Orchestra of Minorities." Millions
“A love story, a story of exile, a mix of classical tragedy and Igbo folklore, narrated by a chi—a guardian spirit that refers to Obioma’s protagonist as its host.” NPR
“Obioma merges African and western storytelling tradition…to create a dramatic, character-based novel.”
“Will have readers laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Obioma’s novel is electrifying, a meticulously crafted character drama told with emotional intensity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A multicultural fable that her­alds a new master of magical realism.” BookPage (starred review)
“Obioma overwhelms readers with a visceral sense of Chinonso’s humanity, his love, his rage, and his despair as he struggles between fate and self-determination.” Library Journal (starred review)




Author Bio: Chigozie Obioma

Author Bio: Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a fall 2012 Omi Fellow at Ledig House in New York and his first novel, The Fishermen, won the 2016 NAACP Image Award and was a Man Booker Prize finalist. Obioma has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 18.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English