Arrow of God, Paperback Book
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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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A good book. Set in an African village in the height of the English Colonial period. Achebe clearly illustrates the traditional culture of the not clearly defined West African country (unless I missed that part) and that of the White English administrators. My only complaint is that I had trouble keeping up with the African names. Kinda bad considering I have two African names. But really well written, I could almost taste the food described. I had visions of foo foo dancing in my head while I read. I knew the people he described, surely you've meet an Obika. The ending is sad, I mean you know what happens. If this is meant as a warning for developing countries, the lesson is a bitter one. How do you protect your clearly defined culture from a hegemonic pressure? What lessons does this story hold for new states, fragile democracies?

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