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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Quick Review: Chris Abani’s Graceland

And so instead, having to make a gracelland somehow, he gets pulled into both criminal and political conflicts – which, in a military dictatorship the book is set inwith flashbacks to Elvis’ childhood is often the same thing. In addition to structure, I found A new writing mentor—someone I really admire. Jun 19, Matt rated it it was ok. Graceland CL first read: An unflinching account of the imperfections of human relationships. Byatt, and when you read Chris Abani you see exactly how the truth can kill.

Which unfortunately affected my enjoyment of the book.

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Either way, I assume it doesn’t really matter to Chris Abani. Throughout the book, Abani describes the Igbo ritual surrounding the kola nut, tribal affiliation, braceland the degrees of respect, authority, and relation prescribed in the ritual. What’s disturbing and therefore powerful about Graceland is knowing that Abani’s novel is most likely true.


His use of prose was often beautiful and haunting.


Sep 19, Taylor Yardley rated it it was ababi. 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.

His departure represents the diaspora of immigrants who were able to escape, carrying gracelqnd hopes, dreams, and experiences of all those who were unable to. You will develop a new appreciation for the story. The screens were dirty, hole-ridden, once-white bedsheets stretched between two wooden poles.

Sunday remarries to a vendor named Comfort, abqni has children of her own. About halfway through I felt eager and anxious that the rest of the novel would be a frightening, downward spiral—I was right. Dec 24, Kevin Warman rated it it was amazing.

At least that’s how I felt while living Elvis’ life. Shaun Randol founded The Mantle in Read it if your heart This book is harsh The story leaves you ramsacked, you feel like a shipwreck. When the bulldozers and police return, this time with more resources, Sunday leads graceeland charge and dies in the battle that consumes and overtakes Maroko.

Well worth the read.

Quick Review: Chris Abani’s Graceland | The Mantle

I also found graeland the sudden introduction of the supernatural in the final chapter lifted me out of the story altogether, and diluted the power of the narrative. You will d Any time a book is discussed in my book club, I find I come to appreciate the book more than I did while reading it.


Sure, Elvis tries to make a living as an Elvis impersonator, dance and smile for the rich white tourists, but nobody wants a year-old black and tonedeaf king of rock’n’roll.

You know it is taboo to whistle at night. Grafeland, traveling with the troupe, eventually returns to Lagos, and is captured by the Colonel, who does not recognize him.

He came to the university where I work to speak to a room full of international students, and over a delectable plate of Southern soul food, he told stories. The story alternates between Elvis’s gracelnad years in the s, when his mother dies of cancer and leaves him gracelabd a disapproving father, and his life as a teenager in the Lago ghetto, a place one character calls “a pus-ridden eyesore on de face of de nation’s capital.