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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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But it’s the type gracelwnd book that both Black and Elvis would want to write. The Virgin of Flames: Graceland is set mostly in the early ‘s in the Lagos slum, Makota, and the protagonist is a boy for whom the grandest ambition imaginable is to become an Elvis impersonator.

Like Water for Chocolate: Fearing for his safety, once he knows the the Colonel has heard of this disruption, he leads a band of musicians away from Lagos, taking Elvis with him to keep him safe and provide an opportunity for a better life. Sept 6 33 Jun 26, However, this is complicated by the numerous illegal and morally questionable jobs he takes gracleand in with his friend Redemption.


Abani has written such a harrowing story that just yanked on my emotions. In Gracelandexamples include intermittent allusions to Igbo customs and offhand remarks mixing local, animalist beliefs into the narrative. You will attract a spirit. Abani’s prose is so effortless and fluid, you can’t help but be drawn into the world he’s created.


Also be sure to read the somber audio book performed by the author. Barring the occasional bout of motion sickness, this worked quite well, and Elvis often wondered what it would be like to stand above and look down.

Graphic and grasping the deeper context profoundly human, touching and soulful.

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Please try again grzceland. Since the novel frequently alternates between the present of in Lagos, and during the past of Afikpo from untilit is important to separate both time periods. I read Chris Abani’s book Becoming Abigail, and was terribly disappointed, but when I saw this title, I gave him another chance.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I wonder how much of Elvis’ story is autobiographical of Mr. Each narrative is told in alternating chapters, each providing insight into the events that lead to the quality of life in Nigeria devolving and the cast of characters that shape Elvis’ experience.

There is action as Elvis must flee what he knows after a shady deal comes apart. A deeply personal postmodern masterpiece.

He is the force that pushes Elvis into new and dangerous situations, and he is also one of the only characters that never truly leaves Elvis behind. According to some doctors, Elvis – the original one, Presley, that abnai – died of poverty. And I mean don’t peek!


A land of grace, as in spending your life at the mercy of someone else’s good graces. In “Graceland,” a coming-of-age book about a boy named Elvis, Abani writes about child rape, child torture, child soldiers and his beautiful homeland where violence is an everyday thing. Elvis goes through a number of jobs, which grow increasingly desperate as the novel progresses. Elvis is well drawn and his story is iconic as he struggles to make his way into adulthood and often feels alienated from his culture and those around him.

Throughout the novel, Abani also threads the recipe book from Elvis’s dead mother, which demonstrates the culinary connection to the local environment that has now been severed as Elvis and his father live in a slum which in turn is destroyed! Customers who bought this item also bought.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Redemption is a counterbalance to Elvis as he represents all those who are left behind, can’t leave, or provide the opportunity to those they care about for a better life. A Conversation on Gambit and African Writing.

Quick Review: Chris Abani’s Graceland

The Parameters of Longing. You can see this link much more in music. And it’s been a raging success.