Foreign Gods, Inc.
Foreign Gods, Inc.
Okey Ndibe
Soho Press, 2014
352 pp., $17.00

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Rachel Marie Stone

Foreign Gods, Inc.

A bleak parable with satiric ambitions.

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Similarly, when Ike encounters a bad odor upon opening the door to his New York apartment, “a sally of stench hit [his] nostrils. . . . It left a ghoulish impression, reminded him of feculent silt.”

“Feculent,” if you don’t already know (and I didn’t), is an adjective indicating that the noun modified contains dirt, sediment, or waste matter--an adjective that “silt,” being in itself dirt or sediment, hardly seems to require.

Does Ike break free from the cloying and fetid love of money? It’s unclear, but Foreign Gods, Inc., is not a hopeful book. It leaves the reader with disgust, despair, and yearning for something undefined and undefinable; if not the past, then some nostalgic re-interpretation thereof. It is a troubling novel, cynical and unredeemed by hope, whether foreign or domestic.

Rachel Marie Stone is the author of Eat with Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food, published last year by InterVarsity Press.

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