Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Books around the world: Nigeria

Wandering in the library, I came across a book by an author from Nigeria, Chinua Achebe. His novel, Arrow of God, was an interesting one. It's a 1964 novel, the third novel following Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease. It is set amongst the villages of the Igbo people in Nigeria. Ezeulu, is the main character, a chief priest of some Nigerian villages. It is the 1920s. Ezeulu confronts colonial powers and Christian missionaries.[1] 

The plot unfolds with life among these villages. It's a great look into another culture and another time. Ezeulu sees himself as the image of an arrow in the bow of his god, hence, the title of the book. Traditional views versus Christianity comes into play here. A traditional leader finds his downfall.

The writing was realistic, and the characters and setting described well. One gets a sense of how it felt to experience what the characters did. Chinua Achebe is a talented author.

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