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    The Fishermen : A tragic tale well told

    When Chigozie Obioma's "The Fishermen" was announced to have made the shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, it was hailed as one of the best books to have come out of the African continent in recent times, it's author drawing comparison to the great Chinua Achebe as a fine storyteller. A peek into the novel (for that is all it takes to make one go all the way) would firmly establish the plausibilty of these claims. It needs to be clearly stated here : Chigozie Obioma is a serious writer - one to watch out for. Afterall, it's not everyday one sees a debutant's novel on the Booker shortlist. Here, in The Fishermen, Mr Obioma weaves in gray colored yarns the story of a family torched by successive tragedies initiated by the rantings of a mad man who is deemed a Prophet by natives of Akure (a town in South Western Nigeria, where the story is set) The story amplifies the life of each of the characters making them so real the reader at times wishes he could touch them, grieve with them or stay them from making a grave mistake. The plot of the work is solid and stays true right till the end of the tale. Though one must concede that the pace slows somehow in the middle of the tale, on the whole it is a well woven story and is very well worth a read. The Fishermen is a tragic tale well told. The first pages of the fishermen is bait. Prepare to be hooked.
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    This was captivating from beginning to end. Great read

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