Foreign Gods, Inc

Foreign Gods, Inc

Book - 2014
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"Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. Ike's plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes. And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity. A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Soho Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781616954581
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ndi
Description: 330 pages ; 24 cm


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A well-educated African immigrant is forced to work as a cab driver. Unable to make ends meet, he hatches a plan to steal a religious icon from his home village and sell it to an art gallery in New York. Nothing works out as planned, especially his struggle with his conscience.

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Apr 08, 2018

About rich people buying and selling the deities belonging to the poor people in other countries, basically robbing them of their gods. The ending is super spooky.

May 26, 2014

I related to this book so much because I've studied the African diaspora for over 20 years and understood the spiritual practices for the deity in Nigeria. I didn't however, like the way it ended.


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