Title: The Fishermen
Author: Chigozie Obioma
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 304
Rating: 3/5

Set in Nigeria in the 1990's, this is about four brothers who encounter a madman whose prophecy changes their lives forever.

I bought this book a while back, when I saw it was on the shortlist for the Man Booker prize a couple of years ago. And although I definitely enjoyed this, I think perhaps my expectations were a wee bit high.

The writing in this is quite good and there are some really beautiful parts in here. The story is compelling and fascinating, as well as the culture and family structure described. The characters were especially wonderful though - reading about the four brothers was absolutely captivating.

I think the first part of the book did drag on a bit, and sometimes I felt like the writing got a bit carried away with its metaphors. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but something about this made me slightly wary. Maybe it was because my expectations were so high.

The fact that this book is the authors debut novel is quite impressive though, and I will definitely be checking out more of his work in the future. It's definitely worth checking out.

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