Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees

by Chinelo Okparanta


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Under the Udala Trees 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book! So real and vivid (and at times VERY SEXY)!
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. The story was engaging. The prose was lyrical. The biblical discussions between mother and child about sexuality was enlightening. The characters were well developed. And yet, I think the thing that really turned me off about this book is that Ijeoma herself. I wanted to like her so much. But there was something off-putting about how little sympathy she seemed to have for her mother, her lovers, her husband, and her child. For me, a little bit of of understanding and forgiveness for the people around her would have gone a long way in getting me to enjoy it. Still, I think this story is so important and everyone should read it.
Iamlilu More than 1 year ago
The story begins in the midst of the Nigerian civil war. It is 1968 and Ijeoma is eleven years old. It is a sensitive if not gripping and at times heartbreaking story of a young girl's journey of self and coming into her own. It is full of controversy from numerous sides, angels and issues...social, political, religious, cultural, local mores and beliefs which I'm not going to dwell on. It is one woman's poignant story...her thoughts, struggles, faith, tenacity and strength. It is a story worth reading, reflecting on and internalizing. It is not all heavy reading. There is laughter with the storytelling of Nigerian legends, the local vernacular and perceptions seen through the eyes of a child. And it has a map! Under the Udala Tree is controversial and lends itself to book club discussions. I think it would be appropriate for high school book discussion groups as well with adult guidance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insights into the Nigerian culture: thoughts, feelings and events which leave one grieving and uplifted.
Roger More than 1 year ago
Very fluid and poignant read. Starts out strong and gets even stronger by the end. A very poignant ending.