His writing challenges perceptions of reality. He is also a cultural activist. He was born in Nigeria and came to England as a child. He went to school in London and returned to Nigeria with his parents on the eve of the Nigerian Civil War.
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Incidents at the Shrine: Short Stories
Okri presents images to the reader with clarity and precision but without judgment, allowing the reader to make their own. I dont particularly enjoy reading Okris writing because it is challenging in the subject matter domestic violence, clan violence, abject poverty, starvation, cruelty to animals etc and the characters are generally flawed, unreliable, flaky and unlikable. With Incidents at the Shrine I had to put the book down a few times due to feelings of nausea and normally with a book that thin only pages I would have devoured it during my 27 hours of travel to South America but it was not compelling enough to pursue through the haze of fatigue and sleep deprivation. He was obviously and justifiably filled with anger and frustration while writing and those emotions dominate the stories. The protagonists range from boys to middle aged men and what they all share is mediocrity.