Arrow of God

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Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.

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Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.

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What People Are Saying

Margaret Atwood
Chinua Achebe is a magical writer -- one of the greatest of the 20th-century.
Michael Ondaatje
He is one of the few writers of our time who has been touched with a code of values that will never be ironic. A great voice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385014809
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Series: Anchor Literary Library Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 186,879
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. He died in 2013.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    A Bolt of Tragedy! Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God Beautifully Concludes His Trilogy of African Tragedies.

    The acclaimed sequel to Things Fall Apart and No Longer At Ease, Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God does not disappoint, and is one of the most literarily evident works I have come across. Interestingly, Achebe decides against focusing the novel on Umoufia and the family of Okonkwo, but sets the story in a new Igbo nation, Umuaro, in the mid-1920's. The story follows Ezeulu, the Chief Priest of the nation's main deity, Ulu, who 5 years after a war with a neighboring village is still seeking a return to normalcy. Ezeulu faces the challenges of raising his family, living by his principles, and holding Umuaro under the guidance of Ulu, the deity that has protected for as long as anyone can remember while facing opposition from a rival priest Ezidemeli, and the gathering strength of the Christian Church in Nigeria.

    Direct, seemingly simple, yet deep text makes Arrow of God shine. Using subtle symbols, Achebe provides insight into the pride that drives Ezeulu, and gives insight into what drives the priest's actions. Like Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease before it, Arrow of God's subvert symbolism helps Achebe's ideas and views to sneak into a reader's mind behind the guise of direct language. Little room is left for readers to misinterpret the author's intentions; his strong words leave no space to wiggle. Just as he did in his previous novels, Achebe tricks you into loving a not-so-perfect protagonist through his efficient use of language.

    All in all, this is a great read if you enjoy Achebe's other works, and a good one to start with if you haven't read any of his books before now. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a subtle tragedy, for someone who wants to read a story of pride, or for someone who wants to read about a society changing as one of its greatest pillars tries to return to life as it was. This book shows that the greatest tragedy is more than losing one's life or one's principles, but losing the culture and community that one values, helpless to slow the bleeding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006


    Arrow of God kept me up all night. Chinua Achebe is a master storyteller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Absolutely wonderful

    ARROW OF GOD is just as good as THINGS FALL APART, if not better. The story is based on the exotic traditional village culture of the Igbo nation in Western Nigeria. It is one of the African best literary works I have read. Achebe took us into Ezeulu's changing world and did what few writers can do- make us understand it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Kudos to a great Writer!

    This is Achebe's best (if you ask me). Reading this book, I came to know a lot about the Ibo tradition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Exploring a new world

    I must say that I first I found reading this book somewhat confusing and perpetual, but I have nothing but my own ignorence of the African culture to blame for that. As I studied up on African tradions and way of life I found this book quite meaningful

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