An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities







A heart-breaking and mythic story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.

A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman who is about to jump off a bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, he hurls two of his prized chickens off the bridge. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks.

Chinonso and Ndali fall in love but she is from an educated and wealthy family. When her family objects to the union on the grounds that he is not her social equal, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives in Cyprus, he discovers that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements for him. Penniless, homeless, we watch as he gets further and further away from his dream and from home.

An Orchestra of Minorities is a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.


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  • Emily May

    Agbatta-Alumalu, the fathers of old say that without light, a person cannot sprout shadows. My host fell in love with this woman. She came as a strange, sudden light that caused shadows to spring fro...

  • Manny

    If the prey do not produce their version of the tale, the predators will always be the heroes in the story of the hunt, says the quotation which opens this unusual and beautiful novel; and indeed, we ...

  • Kevin Ansbro

    "A story should glide like a yacht, not bump along like a supermarket trolley." —MeHaving seen a profusion of rapturous reviews for this African tale, I had very high hopes. And what a gorgeous tit...

  • Fran

    Based upon Nigerian Igbo beliefs, each being has a "chi", a guardian spirit. A chi has gone through many cycles of reincarnation and is familiar with earthy challenges. In the present cycle of life, C...

  • Marchpane

    Right from the start of An Orchestra of Minorities we know that the main character Nonso, a humble poultry farmer, has done something very bad but we don’t yet know what it is. His ‘chi’, a so...

  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends

    An Orchestra of Minorities is a very original story and very different from anything I have read. It’s a rich, complex tale about love, sacrifice and misfortune. The story is narrated by our main ch...

  • Bam

    This is a beautifully written story, a love story, an odyssey, and ultimately a tragedy. Set in Umuahi, Nigeria and Cyprus, it is the life story of Chinonso Solomon Olisa, a young poultry farmer who f...

  • Meike

    Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019I feel torn between the considerable merit of this tale about the loss of dignity and the fact that I had a very hard time finishing the book because of its repetiti...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Now re-read following its longlisting for the 2019 Booker Prize.As part of my re-read I came across two articles in the Millions by the author which I found very helpful for understanding the writing ...

  • Perry

    Symphony of the thousand natural shocks [t]hat flesh is heir to. "Hamlet"* This is a superbly written, expertly structured, often captivating, One Hundred Eighty Proof Tragedy, Through and Through, fo...