The Famished Road | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of The Famished Road.
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Critical Review by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

SOURCE: "Between the Living and the Unborn," in The New York Times Book Review, June 28, 1992, pp. 3, 20.

Gates is an American educator, critic, editor, and nonfiction writer who frequently writes on race relations and culture in America. In the following review, he examines Okri's use of African lore and myth in The Famished Road.

Perhaps because of the literary authority it has earned, we can easily forget that the black African novel in English is (a few scattered anomalies aside) only some three decades old—as old, or as young, as African independence itself. This relationship isn't just a matter of parallel time lines, for many of the earliest of these novels were infused with the spirit—sometimes heady, sometimes rueful—of nation-building in a postcolonial era.

With the self-consciousness of an educated...

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