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Top Customer Reviews
There are questions available for Book Clubs, and extracts from the diary of the author's mother, although Jeff Gardiner emphasises that this is a novel, and NOT the real story of his missionary parents in Nigeria.
Through the freedom of fiction, a number of issues are tactfully aired and addressed. An immensely worthwhile read.
Jeff Gardiner tells a tale here which has haunted me since working on it. It is such a beautiful story, well researched, enchanting, heartbreaking and uplifting.
I am proud to have worked on this book - I think everyone should read it, and I think it would be great as a film.
The book is told through Lydia’s eyes, and as a result some of the events do seem to be simplified and glossed over somewhat. Despite being set during quite a bloody conflict, the political situation is only touched on slightly, and often as a result of information that Lydia is sent from her family back in England. Whilst frustrating, as I did want to hear more of the implications of the war, it did reflect the fact that she is cut off from society in the Nigerian village they were living in, and information was very hard to come by, and therefore did not seem like an oversight by the author.
Some of the traditions of the Igbo culture are beautifully explained, and the book as a whole does really highlight the triumph of human spirit in the face of adversity. I really do recommend this as an extremely enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant read. It gives real insight into the history and culture in Nigeria in the sixties with a page turning story.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fascinating story set in southern Nigeria in the 60s, at a critical time in their history. Read morePublished 9 months ago by kb walker
A moving tale of a young woman who travels to Nigeria as a missionary's wife during the civil war in the late 1960s. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Emma Rose Millar
Igboland is an African historical story. It's set in Nigeria in the late 1960's at a time of civil conflict. Nigeria had up to 200 tribes and internal politics were immense. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Roses are Amber
Upon receiving this book for a fair review I was a little bit hesitant. Why? Initially I was a little bit turned off by the cover and the title. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alana
Readers with flexible views on politics, religion, and colonialism will find this book a history lesson as well as an engrossing, tense and truthful novel. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cynthia Harrison
Set in the late 1960s, Igboland is narrated by nineteen-year-old Lydia, newly married to Methodist missionary Reverend Clem Davie, as they take up his parish in Nigeria at the time... Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Nicholson-morton
I very rarely give 5 stars, but having spent most of my life in Africa, I love reading books about its peoples and cultures. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Books R Best
This book has extremely good production values with a beautifully striking cover. Jeff Gardiner is at pains in his acknowledgement section to deny this is the story of his own... Read morePublished on 17 May 2014 by Eileen Shaw