In this 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. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Graceland by Chris Abani. GraceLand is a novel by Nigerian-American author Chris Abani. Graceland is a dazzling debut by a singular new talentThe sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis.

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Abani has his characters reference both Nigerian Achebe, Soyinka and Western Ellison, Dostoevsky, Marley writers to create a picture of a world that’s become an interconnected web long before modern communications made it obvious; the characters rarely set foot outside their own city, yet thanks to the cultural, commercial and political revolutions of the past centuries they very much live in the Big World Outside.

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As abni Western reader I don’t mind them, but I think its disingenuous of Abani to not own up to them. In the opening of GraceLand there’s that metaphor of the book falling off Elvis’ chest and splitting open. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

He suffers through hours of practice set to abzni tinny tunes emanating from the radio in the filthy shack he shares with his alcoholic father, his stepmother and his stepsiblings. Let’s get back to the author then. Jun 24, Rashida rated it liked it Shelves: In this 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.


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May 28, Marieke rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Parameters of Longing.

And I see a lot of it happening in literature as well. After failing to succeed as a street performer, Elvis goes from being a laborer, to a male escort, to an unwitting human trafficker, and finally to working as a caretaker of young beggars and living on the street. The richness of the traditions and the complexities of the extended African family don’t always translate well into a western “lexicon”.

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.

He is a stunning creation, and I greatly admire Abani’s drawing of him as a character. His departure represents the diaspora of immigrants who were able to escape, carrying the hopes, dreams, and experiences of all those who were unable to.

A new writing mentor—someone I really admire. Each play tug-o-war with Elvis’ conscience. Because unfortunately, I read a poor Swedish translation of it. The book is just descriptive well-written poverty porn for a western audience that’s hungry for evidence that supports its foregone conclusions about african poverty, brutality, filth, rape, hunger, incest, sodomy, squalor, rape, filth, more rape, poverty, and oh, also poverty.

Published January 26th by Picador first published GraceLand is a novel by Chris Abaniwhich tells the story of a teenager named Elvis, who is trying to get out of the ghettos of Lagos, Nigeria. Still, it was a good read.

Quick Review: Chris Abani’s Graceland

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. And I mean don’t peek! The author creates incredible depth of feeling and meaning through symbolism and imagery garceland the book, and the central symbol is the This book aspires to more than it achieves, but it is a wonderful and, at times, amazing first novel nonetheless.


Jun 04, Isabel rated it liked it. Like Water graaceland Chocolate: Apparently, once you reach a certain level of fame, conversations are easily mistaken for interviews.

Abani vraceland written such a harrowing story that just yanked on my emotions. The projectors, archaic and as old as many of the silent stars, sounded like small tanks. If you want to see Nigeria through the eyes of a disenfranchised kid trying his best to survive in post independent Nigeria, set during the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Emotionally a difficult read. But that is the world he knows — and a world where he protested the government and went to prison, I think, three times.

He talks about the concept of the African extended family, saying so much in his descript It was nice reading about the life of a youth living in Lagos. View all 3 comments. His novel, Gracelandchronicles a dark page of Nigeria’s history as we follow a young boy learning to live and love in the turbulent eighties. Bare bedrooms and drug deals in the shadows. Elvis must also negotiate troubles closer to home, including a drunk and ruined father and friends who cannot always be trusted.

And throughout the book there is the waning influence of British colonial rule, the loss of indigenous knowledge, and the expanding influence of American pop culture. This familial fall-out of the dislocations and impoveri A powerful exploration of the costs of colonialism registered through masculinity and sexuality.

Please try again later. I enjoyed Song For Night and hoped Abani would deliver in this book.