The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

The Fishermen

By Chigozie Obioma

  • Release Date: 2015-02-26
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 157 Ratings
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In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen
'Obioma's beautiful, quasi-biblical allegory-like debut... is set to be one of the novels of the year' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'A startling debut... auspicious... leaps off the pages' Mariella Frostrup, Open Book

'A striking, controlled and masterfully taut debut... The tale has a timeless quality that renders it almost allegorical and it is the more powerful for it' FT

'It's like being in a Zola or Theodore Dreiser novel... The Fishermen is an elegy to lost promise… and yet it remains hopeful about the redemptive possibilities of a new generation' Guardian

'Awesome in the true sense of the word... a truly magnificent debut' Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries

'Suffused with an air of legend and the supernatural... The Fishermen establishes Obioma as a writer to be taken seriously... ingenious, subtle, ambitious and intriguing' TLS

'Terrific' Irish Examiner

'Full of deceptive simplicity, lyrical language and playful Igbo mythology and humour... an impressive and beautifully imagined work' Economist'A novel with an intimate canvas but also an undercurrent of something larger, more primal' We Love This Book

'A debut that is packed with power and tragedy' Shortlist

'Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe' The New York Times

'Mr Obioma's long-limbed and elegant writing is shot through with strikingly elevated phrasings… its lessons may be slippery, but its power is unmistakable' Wall Street Journal

'The most frustrating thing about The Fishermen is that the author has no other books for the reader to devour once the final page is reached' Chicago Tribune

'Searing, incandescent' Harvard Crimson

'Succeeds as a convincing modern narrative and as a majestic reimagining of timeless folklore' Publisher's Weekly, Starred review

'A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty' Kirkus

'Darkly mythic... a kind of African Cormac McCarthy' USA Today

'[A] confident début novel... frank and lyrical' New Yorker


  • Brillant read!!!

    By Ade_Smokes
    Loved this book so much!!
  • Captivating

    By Tonikad
    Amazing book, so beautifully written with no detail spared. I was there in every moment with this book and I loved it.
  • This book touched my African soul

    By Robnna75
    Everyone. I mean everyone, should read this book. Just beautifully tragic with a gleamer of hope. This is my first review ever and I am glad I lost my review virginity to this book. Lovely. A page turner.
  • Highly recommended

    By Catpaw54
    One of the best books I have read in a long time. So beautifully written and totally captivating. Such an unexpected tale. Often with a good book you don't want it to finish... but I was really relieved to get to the end. Read it!!!
  • Perfect

    By Ludaman007
    One of the best I have ever read. Didn't want it to end *****
  • Tragic Story!

    By Nut Rut
    It was ok but have enjoyed other African authors better eg Ben Okrie. Good for a debut novel.
  • Page turner!

    By 😘😜😍😳😱😋😆
    Amazing read. Loved every word. Didn't want it to end and experienced a sense of loss when it did. Thumbs up.
  • A fab read

    By Termix271
    Chigozie's 'The Fishermen' is an intricately woven tale which grips you to the very last page. Truly spellbinding.
  • Brilliant read!

    By Tinky001
    This is one of the best I have read in a long time. Powerful, moving, gripping.....a MUST read!