Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria.
When their father has to work away, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers.
©2015 Chigozie Obioma (P)2015 Hachette
Good story well told. Harrowing and reply sad. Emotive unique. Wonderful to be immersed in the lives of a family in Nigeria even though the sadness so hard to bear.
Founder & Chief Bibliophile at The Joy Book Club
This is a beautifully written book that is deep and meaningful, with a story that gripped me. Every time I had to put it down I desperately wanted to know what would happen next and continued to think about, and worry about, the characters.
I also really enjoyed the reading given here. I'm new to audiobooks and thought this narration was perfect, just what I'm looking for from this medium.
I found the expert narration gave me an emotional experience of the life in Nigeria and and an understanding of the hopes and fears of the family. The boys were so loyal and affectionate that I felt I could forgive them for their misguided retribution for the hurt suffered by their brothers. Any parent will identify with the aspirations of these parents and their tragic suffering.
It won't be a memorable story, but the way it was narrated gave a realistic insight into the boys lives growing up in Nigeria, and the performance was first class. It kept me entertained until the end, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends.
The book was set in a different time and place....the events were unravelled in a methodical way. The tensions built up were always in the right places.
I just enjoyed it thoroughly.
I had heard good things about this book but the story just didn't grab met
A spool of blue thread
Accented reader. This did make it more realistic but my attention tended to wander
Not having read the book
A very sad story but I couldn't engage with the characters. It is a snapshot of how superstition or belief in second sight can drive events but the story took a very slow route. Nothing like Achebe's Things fall apart.
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