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by Chris Abani

Author: Chris Abani
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; First edition (January 26, 2005)
Pages: 321 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.6
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Graceland (Today Show Pi. .has been added to your Cart. Chris Abani's GraceLand is the story of sixteen-year-old Elvis, a Nigerian teenager living in Lagos in 1983 who wants nothing more than to be an Elvis Presley impersonator

Graceland (Today Show Pi. Chris Abani's GraceLand is the story of sixteen-year-old Elvis, a Nigerian teenager living in Lagos in 1983 who wants nothing more than to be an Elvis Presley impersonator. That summary alone is what got me to pick up Abani's novel, but what is even more impressive than Elvis's characterization is the cultural and worldly scope in which Abani crafts Elvis's story. While the novel maintains a close third-person perspective on Elvis, Abani uses an omniscient narrative voice that can sneak its way into the minds of even the most peripheral characters.

Information about the book, Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005): the Fiction, Paperback, by.

Information about the book, Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005): the Fiction, Paperback, by Chris Abani (Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 26, 2005). Book Description: "A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the ne. -T. Coraghessan BoyleThe sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto.

Abani brings us into an unknown world for most Americans: the slums of Lagos, Nigeria and introduces us to Elvis, a complex boy who impersonates his namesake as a profession. Through the course of the novel, Elvis is shown different ways of living, by different characters: his friend Redemption, a man named King of the Beggars, and his father Sunday.

Abani's stories show us life balanced on the blade of a knife Graceland is a testament to the shock and awe practice of today's geopolitics. Abani doesn't flinch to bring these stories to light

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. 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.

2005 - Today Show Book Club Pick. Winner 2005 - Hemingway/PEN Prize

2005 - Today Show Book Club Pick. Winner 2005 - Hemingway/PEN Prize. Winner 2005 Silver Medal - California Book Awards. Winner 2005 - Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards for Debut Fiction. Shortlisted for Best Book Category (Africa Region) of The Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Finalist 2005 - Los Angeles Times Book Prize. deeply concerned with how Western colonialism transformed Africa in ways both major and mino. bani masterfully gives us a young man who is simultaneously brave, heartless, bright, foolish, lustful, and sadly resigned to fate.

Those picks are then whittled down to a shortlist via a panel of judges. As you’ll see from the shortlist, since the process leading up to this award takes so long, some of the books aren’t exactly new. I think involving libraries makes the IMPAC unique compared to a lot of other awards out there. excerpt Maps For Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam was an LBC nominee – we wrote about it for five posts sarting with this one.

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Graceland (Today Show Pick January a book by Chris Abani. A book about coming of age in Lagos, Nigeria. Its filled with characters with telling names like Elvis, Redemption, Comfort, and Confidence. If you love Things Fall Apart, you should read GraceLand by Chris Abani. Chris Abani Censored by Florida School District. GraceLand Chris Abani.

Graceland is a 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 Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own.

Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.

"A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."--T. Coraghessan Boyle