Ben Okri

Driven to abstraction

Ben Okri is admiring a bottle of mineral water. 'Isn't it a beautiful colour?' he says, holding the sapphire-blue glass up to the light. He asks the waiter for another bottle and a bag to carry them home.

Sunday, 2 September, 2007, 12:00am

Starbook - A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration

Starbook - A Magical Tale of Love and Regeneration

by Ben Okri

Rider, HK$187

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


'Many of us were birds. We knew no boundaries.'

Ben Okri, The Famished Road

Life: A literary event organiser once said a fortune could be made by auctioning Ben Okri's bedroom key after each reading he gave. Despite his beard, Okri is a smooth operator, all fine clothes and eloquence marked by the use of verbs such as 'enchant' and 'entrance'.

26 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Up in the clouds

Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri, Phoenix House $140 BEN Okri's novel opens with these lines: 'It is better to be invisible. His life was better when he was invisible, but he didn't know it at the time. He was born invisible. His mother was invisible too, and that was why she could see him. His people lived contented lives, working on the farms, under the familiar sunlight.

5 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Calcutta rain dance

Memories of Rain by Sunetra Gupta Phoenix $60 SUNETRA Gupta's promising debut novel is full of memories: of love, Calcutta and the filthy, torrential rains that are never far away.

27 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Out of Africa: a cry of anger and joy from heart-maker Okri

SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT, by Ben Okri (Jonathan Cape, $255).

16 May 1993 - 12:00am

Spinning down a road to nowhere

SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT By Ben Okri (Jonathan Cape, $225) THIRTY pages from the end of Ben Okri's novel, the narrator's father tells a story. His wife interrupts him: '' 'Your story isn't going anywhere,' mum said, in the dark. 'A story is not a car,' dad replied. 'It is a road, and before that it was a river, a river that never ends.' '' But a road goes somewhere and so does a river.

10 Apr 1993 - 12:00am