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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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. Any of the beauty of the language in this book was marred to me by the author’s seeming desire to pack the novel with gracelanx most tragedy he possibly could. Still it’s a beautiful book in many ways, and stunning in its ambition. This is your book.

Quick Review: Chris Abani’s Graceland

If you don’t get it, we don’t care. 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.

Details are what bring it back to Lagos each time. Byatt, and when you read Chris Abani you see exactly how the truth can kill.

I grew up conflicted about this whole notion [of global blackness]. Don’t peek, but the last line of the book is so insightful! But up on stage Abani impressed me more than just about anyone else with the exception, probably, of Kei Miller.


I mean, Abani puts together sentences like this: We follow Elvis his real namea Nigerian teenager who longs to dance and do his Elvis impersonation what commentary on internal colonization in that one characteristic! Chris Abani, then, is incredibly irresponsible. The story bounces back and forth between the character’s present and past and I really found it to be a page turner; and despite it being an assigned book I loved it! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But his stories just don’t add up and a bunch of people, Nigerian and other, have noticed and written extensively about it. The projectors, archaic and as old as many of the silent stars, sounded like small tanks. I’ve always believed, “Jesus wept” is some kind of powerful. Before he emigrated to Britain and then the US, Abani was arrested for his writing and tortured by the Nigerian government. His use of prose was often beautiful and haunting.

In the beginning of the book, Elvis tries to support himself by doing his version of an Elvis impersonation for American tourists. The dramatic presence takes place in Lagos inafter Elvis and his estranged father, Sunday, have moved from their small village into Maroko, a Lagos slum.

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We allow access to the Western reader, but also say we don’t care about what you think.

As Barthelme’s writing reveals, no part of our life is left unadulterated by the media, and, in Abani’s novel, we also find that no corner of the earth is left untainted by Western influences.


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GraceLand – Wikipedia

GraceLand addresses the topic of globalization in a number of ways throughout the novel. The tale about Elvis’ life in Lagos, his relationships with his family esp.

Gracelandlike Jessica Hagedorn’s novels Dogeaters or Dream Junglecrams fistfuls of characters into bustling Third World nightmares. An unflinching account of the imperfections of human relationships. What I do is similar to what Ngugi is doing, operating under that notion that African art must exist in an appreciative context that is outside of the power of Westernization to reduce or empower.

This familial fall-out of the dislocations and impoverishment of postcolonial Nigeria is also writ into the violence of the state.

Towards the end of the novel, the story briefly diverts its attention from Elvis to take on a slightly larger scope. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. The novel offers a vibrant picture of an alien yet somehow parallel culture, and while the plot runs off the rails from time to time, the mix of surrealistic horror and cross-cultural humor is irresistible.

The beginning of Book 2 moves forward from that point, staying in