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The Age of Magic

by Ben Okri

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Age of Magic

We haven’t had a new Ben Okri for some five years so this is something of a celebration.  Sadly it is not quite magical enough, not in the same league as his magnificent The Famished Road.  Charmingly written with an authentically dreamlike quality in short sections, it sweeps you along with a group of people making a TV documentary about a journey to Arcadia, Greece, while actually going from Paris to Switzerland.  Or are they?  Nothing is certain in this book.  There is a short, sharp section on meeting the devil which is outstanding and some beautiful descriptions of landscapes.  A fine book but perhaps a little light for such a great author.

 

P.S. - The Age of Magic was awarded the Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2014 but we still love it!

Sarah Broadhurst

The Age of Magic Synopsis

'The Age of Magic has begun. Unveil your eyes.' Eight weary film-makers, travelling from Paris to Basel, arrive at a small Swiss hotel on the shores of a luminous lake. Above them, strewn with lights that twinkle in the darkness, looms the towering Rigi mountain. Over the course of three days and two nights, the travellers will find themselves drawn in to the mystery of the mountain reflected in the lake. One by one, they will be disturbed, enlightened, and transformed, each in a different way. An intoxicating and dreamlike tale unfolds. Allow yourself to be transformed. Having shown a different way of seeing the world, Ben Okri now offers a different way of reading.

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The Age of Magic Press Reviews

'Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence.'
Independent on Sunday

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784081485
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781784081478
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784081478
Publication date: 23rd October 2014
Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ben Okri

Ben Okri has published many books including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991. His work has been translated into 26 languages and has won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinzane Cavour Prize.   The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is a vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding in 1995.   ...

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