The Fishermen

The Fishermen A striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood by a Nigerian writer the New York Times has crowned the heir to Chinua Achebe Told by nine year old Benjamin the youngest of four brothers TH

  • Title: The Fishermen
  • Author: Chigozie Obioma
  • ISBN: 9780316338370
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood, by a Nigerian writer the New York Times has crowned the heir to Chinua Achebe Told by nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothersA striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood, by a Nigerian writer the New York Times has crowned the heir to Chinua Achebe Told by nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his absence to skip school and go fishing At the forbidden nearby river, they meet a madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact both tragic and redemptive will transcend the lives and imaginations of the book s characters and readers Dazzling and viscerally powerful, THE FISHERMEN is an essential novel about Africa, seen through the prism of one family s destiny.

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  • Chigozie Obioma

    Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria He was an OMI fellow at Ledig House, New York, and has won Hopwood Awards for fiction and poetry His fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly review and Transition He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus, and Turkey and currently lives in the United States where he is a Helen Zell Fellow in creative writing at the University of Michigan.

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  • 4.5 starsThe madman has entered our house with violence Defiling our sacred grounds Claiming the single truth of the universe Bending down our high priests with iron Ah! yes the children, Who walked on our Forefathers’ graves Shall be stricken with madness. They shall grow the fangs of the lizard They shall devour each other before our eyes And by ancient command It is forbidden to stop them! - poem by Mazisi Kunene, the epigraph to The FishermenChigozie Obioma's talent as a powerful storytell [...]


  • Oh, how I loved the end of this book! It made my heart soar.Really, really well done debut novel that is worthy of the Man Booker shortlisting. It is a family drama with overtones of a Greek tragedy. The story is narrated by Ben, both as a 10-year old child and an adult man looking back. Ben is the 4th son of a tightly knit Nigerian family that begins to unravel when the disciplinarian father takes a job at the Nigerian Central Bank in another city. Without the father's watchful eyes on them, th [...]


  • This review has been long overdue. I read The Fishermen some time ago following a brilliant review by the African Book Addict before the Booker long list was announced and I jumped right into the novel, with no inkling that it would fast become one of my favourite books of the year.Written from the perspective of younger brother Benjamin, the novel follows the lives of four Nigerian brothers from a close knit family, their prophetic encounter with a madman and the devastating effect that one mom [...]


  • This book has been on my reading list for a solid two years and I’m thrilled I finally picked it up. The Fishermen captures the complex dynamics of brotherhood at a young age in a way that harbors both natural sentimentality and literary gravitas. Narrated by Ben, a nine-year-old Nigerian boy with four brothers living in a rural town, Obioma’s novel is adeptly attuned to how enormous and wondrous everything seems during childhood, but what makes The Fishermen truly remarkable is the author [...]


  • !!! africanbookaddict/2015/07/I'm just floored right now. This is a dark, haunting, tragic, heart-wrenching BUT amazing story of 4 brothers and their family and a madman - Abulu. Right when you think things get better and the craziness plateaus, something pops up! I feel like I know/knew Ikenna, Boja, Obembe and Ben - their love and brotherhood are so dear to me, I don't know why. Chigozie Obioma wrote about these boys in such a tender way that had me ALLLLL in my feelings. I felt alllll types o [...]


  • I loved this story from the start. The first quarter of the novel had me chuckling and nodding my head in recognition at the family dynamics, especially when it comes to strict Education! Education! parents. Chigozie's imagery and metaphors are superb, and something in the prose and unfolding of events gives the story a magical realism bent, though everything is plausible.Really, the story is presented as a fable, with nearly each chapter named after an animal and beginning with who that animal [...]


  • The Fishermen tells the story of a family in ruins after a madman's prophesy drives one brother to be plagued with fear. Obioma utilizes a lot of mythological and folkloric story-telling techniques, especially drawing on the natural world. It reads much like a parable, and I can't help but think that certain parts, especially the title, are direct biblical allusions.I'll admit I wasn't a big fan of the first half of this story. It seems disjointed and focused on setting up the atmosphere of the [...]


  • Some books need to be read aloud so that the texture comes across in sound. Chukwudi Iwuji did an excellent job of performing this book, at times changing his intonations to suit the mood, switching to Igbo or Yoruba accents, paying attention to words and dialect and meaning in sound. This was a joy to listen to on several three-hour car journeys. The past and present are beautifully intertwined in this story of brothers. Told from the retrospect of one brother who has just spent a few years as [...]


  • “The things my brother read shaped him; they became his visions. He believed in them. I have now come to know that what one believes often becomes permanent, and what becomes permanent can be indestructible” When I looked at the list of nominees for the Man Booker Prize last year this was the book that jumped out at me. I was immediately intrigued by the premise and what I found on reading this book was a different kind of story-telling than I am used to… and I liked it!!The book tells the [...]


  • For some reason, it took me a long time to finish this book even though it's relatively short. But when I did read in it, I loved it! I think I just needed to process it, because this is a really heavy story that, however, starts very abruptly and makes you question the purpose of this narrative in the beginning. The Fishermen are a bunch of brothers who live in Nigeria and who are very connected. They seem to really grow up over the course of one year, and what starts out as a bittersweet, amus [...]


  • This novel was selected for my book club, but I actually skipped the meeting since I didn’t want to heap negativity on other people who may have liked it. But here, no one is stuck in a room with me so I’ll let it rip.The Fishermen takes place in Nigeria in the mid-90s. It’s the story of four brothers in a small village who sneak out to the river—a place they are forbidden to go—and fish. One day, a terrifying, mentally ill man foretells that the oldest one will be killed by one of the [...]


  • Oh yeah, definitely a must read. This was good good Igbo village storytelling. If anyone's work should be compared to Chinua Achebe, it's this one. But it's also got its own unique voice. There were times when it meandered a bit too much for my taste; sometimes there were details that felt included in order to pull the voice away from the point-of-view of a ten year old (these felt heavy-handed and often out of place) but these moments didn't keep me from continuing. It's not a perfect novel (th [...]


  • “I have now come to know that what one believes often becomes permanent, and what become permanent can be indestructible.”----Chigozie ObiomaChigozie Obioma, an ward winning Nigerian writer, has penned a captivating and a spellbinding tale called, The Fishermen that revolves around four brothers living in a small town in Nigeria, who in the absence of their strict father, decide one day to go for fishing in the river that is supposed-to-be-cursed, later to sell their catch for good money, bu [...]



  • Με τους Ψαράδες ήμουν περίεργος. Ήμουν περίεργος από την πρώτη στιγμή που άκουσα για το βιβλίο, πριν δω πως ήταν υποψήφιο για τα Man Booker Prize και Guardian First Book Award, πριν μάθω πως θα κυκλοφορούσε σύντομα από το Μεταίχμιο και πριν το βρω σε πολλές από τις λίστες με τα καλύτερα βιβλία τ [...]


  • After chapter 10:The Fishermen is a difficult read. I had been warned but didn't take the warning seriously. Stupid me. What is described is revolting - vomit, excrement, penises, rivers of blood. Sex, mystical beliefs, political riots - all in a jumble. Maybe this is what modern authors write nowadays given that we live in a world of such violence. There better be a good point to the book for presenting such content. Disjointed and confusing, but from time to time there is a beautiful sentence [...]


  • I heard raves about this book for months before I finally got to it. And despite having heard so much about it, I knew pretty much nothing except the setup. No one told me what came next. Which, admittedly, is how I prefer it. But it's worth noting at this point that this is a book that would be the most heartwrenching of the year were it not for the fact that A Little Life was also a 2015 release. If you're one of those people who can't read novels where bad things happen to children (and I kno [...]


  • This elegant coming-of-age novel is told from the point of view of Benjamin Agwu, a 10-year old boy growing up in the small Nigerian village of Akure. He bears witness to the breakdown of his family and his three older brothers Ikenna, Boja, and Obembe, after an encounter with Abulu the Madman, who's foreboding prophecy changes everything.Debut author Chigozie Obioma shows true talent with imagery and smooth prose, giving the story a storybook, fable quality which Lends weight to the retrospecti [...]


  • I won this book in a giveawayank you!This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Kirkus Reviews described it best: "The talented Obioma exhibits a richly nuanced understanding of culture and character. A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty."I used my hands to turn the pages but then my heart took over and I was totally engrossed in this incredible book and I don't think I will ever forget Ikenna, Boja, Obe, or Ben. I highly recommend this intense and myth [...]


  • The things my brother read shaped him; they became his visions. He believed in them. I have now come to know that what one believes often becomes permanent, and what becomes permanent can be indestructible.And it's not just Obembe. There's nary a one in the characters here who does not have the habit of mind of a believer: almost every one of them takes for granted that the supernatural is an integral part of daily life, a force to be propitiated and appeased, enjoined and coerced, exalted and a [...]


  • Chigozie Obioma is another in a long line of talented African writers. As a fellow author, the artistry of his phrasing had me pondering how many rewrites it must have taken him to produce this stylized final product. The Fishermen skillfully examines the delicate dynamics of an African family living in Nigeria during the 1990s. Benjamin, the fourth of six children, narrates the story. His once stable household suddenly begins to unravel when his father must relocate to a distant township to sec [...]


  • A story about a Nigerian family in the 1990s, as it gets plagued by the "prophesy" of a madman about the death of a brother at the hands of another, which ultimately leads to the demise of their bond and much more. I see this work as a myth, one of those that have yet to find the form they truly are and must first be shaped by the many voices that spread via word of mouth. Apart from the obvious biblical vibe I got reading this, it also felt a bit like Chinua Achebe. I know, I know, I cannot com [...]


  • I liked this book less the more I read. A normal middle class Nigerian family, without any seeming problems, suddenly becomes unhinged after the father moves to another city to work. His family cannot go with him because the new city is not safe, but he returns to the family every two weeks. Nonetheless, in a few weeks the family completely falls apart. The four older boys defy and test their mother, behave irrationally and succumb to superstition. Then things get worse. Ultimately two of the si [...]


  • Chigozie Obioma has written an incredible, simply remarkable book about family, love, religion and much, much more. It's hard to believe this Man Booker Longlist nominee is a debut novelist with his writing skills. Nigeria has a long list of über-talented writers and Obioma, with this book, has nudged his way to the top of the list with Adichie and some others. I loved how each chapter title included either a related proverb, quote by a novelist or poet, or pertinent to one of the characters: T [...]


  • In this astonishing masterpiece from a globe-trotting Nigerian writer whom I first heard about many years ago on a visit to the Turkish section of Cyprus Island. It begins with perhaps the most convincing punchline in modern literature: "We were fishermen." With that sentence, which at once introduces the reader to the world about to be experienced and also portends the tragedy to come, The Fishermen spins its tale like the webs do in one of the chapters "The Spiders."The spin begins with the fa [...]


  • Η παραμυθιακή διάσταση και το αναπότρεπτο στοιχείο της τραγωδίας κυριαρχούν, ενώ η γραφή, γλαφυρή και απλή, ζωντανεύει τα τεκταινόμενα, μεταφέρει τον αναγνώστη στη Νιγηρία του 1990· στη Νιγηρία που ισορροπεί ανάμεσα στο ιδανικό του δυτικού πολιτισμού και στην κουλτούρα των [...]


  • From a young Nigerian debut novelist comes a haunting tale of sibling rivalry and revenge. With sectarian riots afoot, the four oldest Agwu boys decide to make money by skipping school and fishing in the Omi-Ala River. Things get more complicated when Abulu, the local madman, issues a prophecy that seems bound to divide the brothers. The first quarter of the novel, especially, is drenched in foreshadowing (not always subtle, nor do the plot turns often rise above the predictable). Rich with prop [...]


  • Nigeria is a hotbed of literature: Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe are from there, as well as recent hotshots like Chimamanda Adichie and now Chigozie Obioma, whose debut novel The Fishermen was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. And for good reason: it's brilliant.It tells the story of four brothers who battle fate, or a crazy guy, or Western influence - in an interview Obioma calls the book in part metaphorical, mad "prophet" Abulu representing outsider predictions of what young Nigeria will [...]


  • I haven’t been the most active of reviewers lately because I’ve been planning a wedding and honeymoon, received a promotion that meant working both jobs until a new “old me” is hired, and I haven’t read anything that has grabbed me with the kind of intensity that I need to sit down in spite of all that other stuff and tell people they have to read it. But now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here. Forgive me if I'm a bit rusty.Rooted very deeply in African folk stories [...]


  • A really good debut novel. A wonderful story of country, family, bonds and togetherness. At first, I was skeptical.but then I was completely sucked in. The tragedies of this family, interwoven with the difficulties of the country, came together in a touching, haunting, mystical yet realistic manner. This is a country sitting on the edge of modernization, with all it's uncertainties, clinging to the past and the excitement at moving forward. Chigozie Obiama managed to instill all of these element [...]


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