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  • Parasol Against the Axe

  • By: Helen Oyeyemi
  • Narrated by: Dorje Swallow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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By: Helen Oyeyemi
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Summary

From the Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted author Helen Oyeyemi.

Oyeyemi treats you to a kaleidoscopic weekend in Prague, as dazzling as it is effortlessly unique. Get lost in the story like you would an unfamiliar city and let it reward you with moments of philosophical clarity, wheelbarrow rides, raw emotion and raw onions.

This novel is a holiday, an adventure, a marvel and a guide. It is a story about the lies behind the lies we tell and a city as a living thing, sustained by the lives of its inhabitants. Suffused with warmth and joy, Parasol Against the Axe is a love letter to Prague, and to the art of storytelling.

©2024 Helen Oyeyemi (P)2024 Faber & Faber

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when i first saw the book, i got captivated by the description, but, as i was listening to it, i felt it did not deliver what i expected. it felt very dispersed, with history about Prague overlapped with too many intersecting stories and ideas, which did not feel tied in together too well. at the end, i was left with the feeling of a fuzzy mishmash. somehow, it felt like the author tried a lot to write something complex, but it backfired a bit, having too many points of focus all over the place. various details where interesting, but lost in too many other things.
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