The skill of writing used in Graceland is best described as deft and breathtaking.
I liked Elvis, the main character, so much, and was so pleased at the way he was constructed, that I found myself hoping that he'd, in turn, like me.
The novel is set in post-colonial Lagos, Nigeria and provides a devastating look into the violence, corruption, and poverty of Africa's slums.
The main character: Elvis tries to make his way in Nigeria. He has been named after an American entertainer who he tries to imitate meanwhile he fights with his father, the failed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the many themes and pieces of life in Nigeria explored, but there were too many unfinished subplots. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elizabeth McGehee
I have not read it yet, it is for an upcoming class. But compared to what I have to pay at the campus bookstore, I love it.Published 10 months ago by LittleMama
Relating this book to more well know works I would describe it as somewhere between The Catcher in The Rye and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jared Gregory
Imagine living in Lagos, Africa, in the slums trying to make your way to Hollywood. What do you think your life would be like? Read morePublished 16 months ago by yardenj
I had never heard of Chris Abani before this book so didn't know what to expect. I found the story interesting, the book did drag a little though. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dee
This novel is very moving, especially when I was reading it. So far, I have read through the first four chapters of the Graceland novel, and I was very intrigued mostly by the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by RaphaelTHarlanBooks
Chris Abani's GraceLand is the story of sixteen-year-old Elvis, a Nigerian teenager living in Lagos in 1983 who wants nothing more than to be an Elvis Presley impersonator. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JPowers
No but seriously, dont read this s*** haha very depressing and it made me want to rip my hair outPublished 18 months ago by Dawg