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Arrow of God (Heinemann African Writers Series) [Paperback]

Chinua Achebe
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10 Sep 1986 Heinemann African Writers Series
Ezeulu, the chief priest of Ulu, has rivals in the tribe, in the white government and even in his own family. Surrounded by trouble, he adopts an increasingly cosmic view of events - surely in the battle of the dieties, he is merely an arrow in the bow of his God?


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (10 Sep 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435905309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435905309
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. For over fifteen years, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University. Chinua Achebe wrote over twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - and received numerous honours from around the world, including the Honourary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. He died in 2013. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Arrow of God, the second of Achebe's novels of colonialism, takes place in the 1920's Nigeria - after the establishment of British presence. The "arrow of god" is Ezeulu, the chief priest of the god Ulu who is the patron deity of an Ibo village. Hence Ezeulu holds the role of initiating the rituals that structure village life, a postition vested with a great deal of power and trust. After his village rejects his advice to avoid war with a neighboring village, Ezeulu finds himself at odds with his own people and praised by the British administrators. The British, seeking a candidate to install as village chieftain, make him an offer, which he refuses. Caught in the middle with no allies, Ezeulu slowly loses his grip on reality and slips into senility. Through Ezeulu, Achebe was able to present a study in the loss of power. Indeed, this is a well written educational literature and probably one of the best books I have ever read. I truly recommend it!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Colonial Africa 22 Aug 2013
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This book tells two interpretations of the colonial situation in Africa. On one had the traditional tribal way of settling situations within the tribe, and between long time rivals of the clan, and on the other the colonial homogeneous view of african tribes and how European justice should deal with the situation. Interestingly told,with both perspectives revealing differing views of the same situation told against the relevant frames of reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 April 2013
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Have read all three of Chinua Achebe's trilogy of which this is the second. Fantastic, Achebe is a genius everyone should read this book and the rest of the trilogy starting with Things fall apart. It will totally change the way you view the relationship between Africa and the west.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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a great read from a brilliant author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic. 30 May 2014
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Simply awesome, amazing. Incorporating the ibo culture , bringing understanding, easy to read. I can read this book over and over again. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively 24 July 2013
By Jean
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This is book is so real ... what made it for me (among other things) was when I had to read the main end event 3 or 4 time to make sure that what happened really happened!!! Just like in real life when you wander about event that scars you for life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read 10 July 2013
By Fussy
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This is a powerful tale which is an excellent extension to Achebe's first novel Things Fall Apart. Use of the Igbo dialect is a bit difficult for those unfamiliar with it but Achebe finds a way of clarifying what is meant without pandering too much to the non-Igbo English reader.A tale about arrogance and narrow-mindedness on both sides - colonial and tribal.
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