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BOOK REVIEW: ARROW OF GOD by Chinua Achebe

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Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe

Change is one of those inescapable facets in our lives that we are meant to adapt to, or else we do not survive. This is exactly what is portrayed in Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God which follows the story of a powerful chief, Ezeulu, who battles the winds of change that threaten their traditions, to diminish his authority over the six villages of Umuaro and to impose the colonial rule in Northern Nigeria. Touted as Achebe’s favorite book, it is filled with political satire, ethnic dispensation and wise sayings. It is surely some of the greatest words put to paper by an African writer of substance.

Review done by: Owen Kariuki

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