By Ode Ogede
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Chinua Achebe's striking novel issues disintegrate (1958) is one of the most sensible identified African novel and has turn into one of many world's such a lot influential literary masterpieces. considering that ebook, a complete of approximately 12 million copies were offered, with translations into greater than 50 languages. regardless of its undoubted good fortune, its obvious simplicity has tended to blind readers to the surprising storytelling assets and the creative language, plot, surroundings, and characterization which first draw them to the radical and hold them studying. this is often the perfect advisor to the textual content, atmosphere issues collapse in its ancient, highbrow and cultural contexts, providing analyses of its topics, variety and constitution, supplying exemplary shut readings, offering an up to date account of its severe reception and reading its afterlife in literature, movie and pop culture. It contains issues for dialogue, feedback for additional examine and an annotated consultant to suitable reading.
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He knew that Nwakibie would not refuse him, but he had not expected he would be so generous. He had not hoped to get more than four hundred seeds. He would now have to make a bigger farm. He hoped to get another four hundred yams from one of his father's friends at Isiuzo. Share-cropping was a very slow way of building up a barn of one's own. After all the toil one only got a third of the harvest. But for a young man whose father had no yams, there was no other way. And what made it worse in Okonkwo's case was that he had to support his mother and two sisters from his meagre harvest.
Many years ago when Okonkwo was still a boy his father, Unoka, had gone to consult Agbala. The priestess in those days was a woman called Chika. She was full of the power of her god, and she was greatly feared. Unoka stood before her and began his story. “Every year,” he said sadly, “before I put any crop in the earth, I sacrifice a cock to Ani, the owner of all land. It is the law of our fathers. I also kill a cock at the shrine of Ifejioku, the god of yams. I clear the bush and set fire to it when it is dry.
That seemed the most likely reason, and he was not afraid of war. He was a man of action, a man of war. Unlike his father he could stand the look of blood. In Umuofia's latest war he was the first to bring home a human head. That was his fifth head and he was not an old man yet. On great occasions such as the funeral of a village celebrity he drank his palm-wine from his first human head. In the morning the market place was full. There must have been about ten thousand men there, all talking in low voices.
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