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GraceLand
GraceLand: A Novel | Chris Abani
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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 Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.
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Onioons
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Elvis Oke is one of my all-time favourite characters:
“He paid the asked price without haggling. Books, he felt, were sacred and should therefore not be bartered over.“

#alphabetgame #letterG @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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charl08
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Trying to reshelve. Running out of space. Only got to F (fiction only). Still piles on the floor. Now looking at new bookshelves online.

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Onioons
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A few years ago I was very eager to get hold of Graceland. I couldn't find it anywhere. Eventually I followed several online links to track it down, but when it arrived it turned out I had ordered a French-language version 🇫🇷 I did eventually get an English-language version and it was well worth the wait! But my only #notinenglish book has never been read 😊 #seasonsreading2016

SharonGoforth I read this when it came out - such a good book!! 6y
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JGadz11
GraceLand: A Novel | Chris Abani
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You know you have a problem when you're simultaneously reading 6 books. There are worse vices...

MrBook Indubitably! Love this stack, excellent taste 😁. 6y
JGadz11 @MrBook 🙏🏼 6y
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Onioons
GraceLand: A Novel | Chris Abani
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#recommendsday 'We are all seeds. We are all stars.' #graceland

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Onioons
GraceLand: A Novel | Chris Abani
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He paid the asked price without haggling. Books, he felt, were sacred and should therefore not be bartered over.