Tales of Freedom
Rider, Mar 1, 2010 - 197 pages
As one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri is rightly acclaimed for his use of language. And as a Booker Prize winning novelist, this skill was shown to particular effect in both Starbook (his most recent work) and in The Famished Road.
In Tales of Freedom he brings both poetry and story together in a fascinating new form, using writing and image pared down to their essentials, where haiku and story meet. Thus we discover Pinprop, the slave to an old couple lost in a clearing, who holds the keys to the universe in his quirky hands. Then there is the beautifully dressed black Russian on the train, helping to film a new version of 'Eugene Onegin'. Later, in the chaos of the aftermath of war, orphaned children paint mysterious shapes of bulls, birds, hybrid creatures, and we wonder if grief has unhinged them into genius...And who is that woman, who hardly speaks, who presses a tiny flower into the palm of the young boy on the bus, and then leaves his life forever?
Tales of Freedom offers a haunting necklace of images which flash and sparkle as the light shines on them. Quick and stimulating to read, but slowly burning in the memory, they offer a different, more transcendent way of looking at our extreme, gritty world - and show the wealth of freedom that's available beyond the confines of our usual perceptions.
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Review: Tales Of FreedomUser Review - Black&white - Goodreads
Pretty reminiscent of the work of Samuel Beckett which is a wonderful thing in my opinion. The humour is even more obvious here and the whole even more playful. The whole is very open to ... Read full review
Review: Tales Of FreedomUser Review - Daisy - Goodreads
This book is messy and confusing. I picked it up in my local library, allured by the title and the fact that it only consists of less than 200 pages. In fact, I don't see how all the haikus and ... Read full review