Foreign Gods, Inc. / Okey Ndibe.

Nā: Ndibe, Okey, 1960- [author.].
Momo rauemi: materialTypeLabelPukapukaWhakaahuatanga: 330 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781616953133 (hardback); 1616953136 (hardback); 9781616953140 (eISBN); 1616953144 (eISBN); 1616954582; 9781616954581.Ngā marau: Taxicab drivers -- Fiction | Nigerian Americans -- Fiction | Art thefts -- New York (State) -- New York | Arts, Nigerian -- New York (State) -- New YorkDDC classification: 823/.92 Other classification: FIC019000 | FIC051000 | FIC049000 Summary: "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"--
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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. A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of immigrant life; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; and the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the 'exotic', Foreign Gods Inc. illuminates a globally interconnected world like no other.

"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"--

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Library Journal Review

Ikechukwu Uzondu, a Nigerian cabbie working in Manhattan, is addicted to gambling and alcohol, with a hefty dose of self-pity thrown in. Though he holds a degree in economics from Amherst College, we're asked to believe that it's only his accent that keeps him from landing acceptable employment. Ike ignores bills and avoids the plaintive emails from his sister back in the village of Utonki. Since his ill-considered marriage imploded, Ike has been unable to send funds home, leaving him feeling guilty and angry. But he has a scheme. He'll steal the statue of Ngene, a warrior god that has protected his people in Utonki for hundreds of years, and sell it to the officious Mark Gruels, curator of Foreign Gods, Inc., a gallery that caters to wealthy collectors who will pay small fortunes to display their liberal tastes. Not until Ike's week back in Nigeria, where he tussles with corrupt customs officers, battles a hypocritical missionary for his mother's soul, and visits a school friend whose gauche mansion was built with dirty money, does the author's biting humor surface, but it's more bitter than sweet. -VERDICT Ndibe (Arrows of Rain) offers a jaundiced view of the immigrant experience in Ike, who won't assimilate to his adopted country but can't return home either. Ike's overwhelming sense of loss and alienation results in a bleak portrait of a broken man. A difficult read indeed.-Sally Bissell, Lee Cty. Lib. Syst., Fort Myers, FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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