Paperback ð Efuru eBook Þ

Paperback ð Efuru eBook Þ

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important traditions in Igbo culture Marital compatibility a secondary theme in Efuru is the main theme of Nwapa's second novel Idu By skillfully using traditional Igbo dialogue she gives dimension Efuru GUEST HOUSE NEW YORK NY Efuru Guest House est une proprit de chambres situe New York Elle offre un hbergement ainsi u'une cuisine avec des installations pour cuisiner Elle se trouve km de Muse amricain d’histoire naturelle et dispose d'un accs rapide glise Notre Dame de New York Cette proprit est km de Cathdrale Saint Jean le Divin de New York Vous pourrez savourer com Efuru Flora Appearing in Efuru was the first internationally published book in English by a Nigerian woman Flora Nwapa sets her story in a small village in colonial West Africa as she describes the youth marriage motherhood and eventual personal epiphany of a young woman in rural Nigeria The respected and beautiful protagonist an independent minded Ibo woman named Efuru wishes Efuru | novel by Nwapa | Britannica Other articles where Efuru is discussed African literature English Flora Nwapa wrote the novel Efuru the story of a talented brilliant and beautiful woman who living in a small community is confined by tradition A woman’s fundamental role childbearing is prescribed for her and if she does not fulfill that role she suffers the negative criticism of members Efuru Creates Efurucreates • Instagram photos Followers Following Posts See Instagram photos and videos from Efuru Creates Efurucreates Efuru | NGA USA Round Trip Articles traitant de Efuru crits par Spi Nous continuons planifier le voyage et nous avons maintenant les points de dpart et d’arrive Washington DC et New York Mieux nous avons rserv les htels ui finalement seront des pensions chez l’habitant Flora Nwapa Wikipedia Efuru Idu This Is Lagos and Other Stories Spouse Chief Gogo Nwakuche Children Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa January – October was a Nigerian author who has been called the mother of modern African literature She was the forerunner to a generation of African women writers and was also acknowledged as the first African woman novelist to be.


About the Author: Flora Nwapa

Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa January – October was a Nigerian author best known as Flora Nwapa Her novel Efuru is among the first English language novels by a woman from AfricaNwapa born in Oguta was the forerunner to a generation of African women writers While never considering herself a feminist she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman'.



10 thoughts on “Efuru

  1. Paul Paul says:

    Published in 1966 this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published this is from Wiki so take with a pinch of salt It is set in the same area and tradition as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The blurb with the book sums it up; “Efuru beautiful and respected is loved and deserted by two ordinary undistinguished husbands”The setting is rural and Efuru is a woman who is independent and competent and trades for herself The writing style is very similar to Things Fall Apart and if you enjoyed that you would certainly enjoy this Like Achebe Nwapa commentates rather than judges but the messages are clear and this book is about the society of women in the same way Things Fall Apart is about the society of men In my judgement this novel is every bit as good as Things Fall Apart and yet it is hardly known Just look at the difference in ratings; Things Fall Apart has 141 386 ratings and 5993 reviews and Efuru has 193 ratings and 17 reviews This is not because of a difference in uality; they are both great books and in my opinion Efuru is marginally better Perhaps because it is written by a woman? Surely not?The story opens a window onto customs and traditions going back centuries which are beginning to die out with younger generations and the encroachment of white culture and medicine There is a not too graphic but very powerful description of genital mutilation Efuru is a wonderfully strong and vibrant character; apart from her father the men in her life are pretty useless and she concludes she is better off without them She appears to be unable to produce lots of children and this is a source of sadness for her but she finds a role model in the form of the goddess of the lake who is beautiful powerful and independent and without childrenThis is a great novel; much too neglected and well worth looking out for


  2. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Achebe minced no words in his memoir There Was a Country A Personal History of Biafra when he mentioned his friendship with and respect for Flora Nwapa Nigeria's first woman writer and former English professor in fact her work clearly influenced Buchi Emecheta's this I sensed from the prose arrangement Reading this novel I recalled Alice Walker's words in either The World Has Changed Conversations with Alice Walker or In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens Womanist Prose where she insisted that feminism is a global thing meaning one can't care about women from only a certain race In fact this same idea is stressed in Awakenings The Story of the Kate Chopin RevivalBut I'll try not to digress Efuru Beautiful Efuru She is one character I'll never forget I love when a book leaves a character's portrait so wonderfully drawn across the windows of my mind that she assumes a role in my scholastic discussions on gender and she becomes a model of global comparisonEfuru is every love stricken daughter who marries without her parents' consent and alas bears the brunt of such decision Efuru is every woman who has loved a man as a partner and friend but had him torn away by greed gossip and jealousy Efuru is that woman who knows the pain of losing a child She is the entrepreneur breadwinner survivor and the strong female lead she never imagined herself to be due to the inflictions of her patriarchal community Efuru is a woman who moves to the beat of her town's river goddess to the beat of her own drumYou know that century old idea that a girl's education is futile since she is expected to marry and raise kids? It still exists That century old idea that a woman without children is barren or useless or even strange it still exists That century old idea that a woman who does not understand her man somehow has an inherent need to be with other women is a bad woman and the woman who feels the same need to be with another is an adulteress well that idea also still exists I'll leave you with those thoughts as they're all highlighted in this novel If you can read this with a cup of palm wine and the weighty bitter taste of kola nut resting on your tongue What you can't do is read this for prose embellishments because you'd be disappointed Nwapa like most African writers does not focus on prose design; rather her prowess is in creating drama through storytelling something most African writers do powerfully Look up a play based in Africa and most likely you'd be in good hands 'Voice' is the center of good literature from Africa one must imagine the story read aloud possibly even dramatized per African oral storytelling tradition This story moves through dialogue something difficult to do and yet Nwapa makes it look simple


  3. Madolyn Chukwu Madolyn Chukwu says:

    The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel this one I was incredibly excited I was already aware of Achebe but my gut feeling told me that this woman was a better writer Maybe it was a case of woman to womanbut further studies showed me that the world at large men of course considered Achebe to be a much better writer For me it was like a case of 419 West Africans would realise what I mean Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on criticising works by women? Even now I do not think it is sour grapes Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novelsno contest at all I think Buchi Emecheta too and her very powerful novelsshe even published of such works than Achebe Don't get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Achebe But he was a literary genius just like Nwapa and Emecheta He might even have helped Nwapa in getting publishedbut my point is that Nwapa's books characters delineation of women should be treasured toopenned by an insider Thanks


  4. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    455 Perhaps self imposed suffering appeals to her It does not appeal to me I know I am capable of suffering for greater things But to suffer for a truant husband an irresponsible husband like Adizua is to debase suffering My own suffering will be noble There're certain novels I've referred to as for adultswherein I name them as examples that go above and beyond the call of their genre as dictated by status uo classics in terms of complexity lack of lazy writing in the form of stereotypes and overall treatment of not the structure of their type but the philosophy Postcolonial literature has been a thing for some time now the artificial debts imposed by former imperial powers France without its colonial after payments would be a third world country in a heartbeat and time moving as it does can seem set in its ways if one isn't paying critical attention White writers can't get away with writing about Africa as one would a playgroundzoo as much as they used to but I still find myself confronted with uncritical trash in well respected public mouthpieces Nwapa's 'Efuru' then is a breath of fresh air especially in a world where Things Fall Apart is practically the only book of Africa specifically Nigeria specifically Igbo that the average person who claims to be a reader has in their back historyIf there is pathos in 'Efuru' it is for human beings not spectacle If there is history it is the everyday acknowledgement of real characters not the drama of white people in nonwhite wonderland If there is culture it is done not described as it is by writers who pander to diversity and believe that despite not living the diversity they can somehow fake it This is a story of a woman who lives through her own insensible tragedies and absurd dooms but the times they are a' changing and what was grounds for enslavement is now enabled by the Church what once killed is now cured and what was once respected absolutely is now destroyed by the past complicity that first built up its reputation White people are aggravating yet doddering parental figure than ultimate villain and when they do show up it is as comic relief or touches of dramatic plot point The main story is a matter of individual versus community gender roles social machinations legal or lack thereof statutes relating to domestic matters religious influence old versus new accredited versus familiar all of which is not nearly so dryly thematic when as read as it sounds when listed out As said this is a novel for adults and I don't mean the lazy indicators of such in terms of violence and sex and other gratuitous shock tropes I mean adult in that there are no right answers or there are no right answers yet or there will never be any right answers so long as life goes along unuestioned and individuals trust that the mold of their ancestors will protect their progeny so long as they all fit All the while exteriorizing the concerns of the non Nigerian hoping to accurately portray the NigerianAfrican of courseThis is the best book I've read so far in 2018 so I can excuse my putting off reading it for so long with the reasoning that this initial good fortune will provide motivation to take a chance on other solo names This particular work is on a number of Best Books of on a lesser scale than So Long a Letter but still to an extent that I fear people will read this feel satisfied with themselves and then use that satisfied feeling to power their reading of 99 books by white people If you claim the right to read your own myopic way out of freedom and whatnot sure go your own way Just don't come crying to me when your myopia becomes other's legal extradition policies and your standing for no one results in you standing alone The booming of the cannons was announcing the departure of a great son the last of the generation that had direct contact with the white people who exchanged their cannons hot drinks and cheap ornaments for black slaves


  5. Sincerae Sincerae says:

    I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level The decent honorable and unselfish are often under appreciated in this life Thus is the case of the main character Efuru who is beautiful but she is than just a pretty face She is good natured honest patient generous forgiving industrious a loyal wife from a respected family and well liked by the majority of the people in her village As for the author Flora Nwapa her writing style is very stark There are few curlicues of language or poetic flourishes here The language is almost like reading a play's script I would give her writing four stars The setting of Efuru is in a Nigerian village probably just after the First World War The community its harmony and customs are described in a world that is changing for all the inhabitants both old and young Though a young woman Efuru is rather a throwback to the older simpler times She rebels in eloping with her first husband but her conscience won't permit her not to go back and apologize to her father who eagerly takes her back and forgives her


  6. Jez Jez says:

    It frustrates me reading some of the reviews for Efuru on here All too often they mention enjoying this 'simple' novel even though it lacks any 'real narrative' To me these backhanded compliments smack of racism; the assumption that prose not florid in the Western Tradition is 'simple' that a story without high drama is without pointEfuru is vivid and spare and elegant Anyone criticising this novel for its simplicity try to craft a response elouent than Efuru's when she speaks of 'suffering for herself' As for the novel's 'point' Efuru's arc from devoted wife of undeserving men to self possessed woman is electrifying This novel could easily have ended with Efuru's emancipation involving her attending a white school and entering our wider world but it doesn't She is of the Igbo and her own nature is her saviour


  7. Laurie Laurie says:

    I wish people would read older African literature written by women but unfortunately there isn't much out there to choose from It is important to read books written by women to get a view of post colonial Africa from a woman's perspective In Efuru Nwapa tells the story of a beautiful woman who does not have good luck in life even though she is a generous and upstanding woman She marries a ne'er do well who can't afford the dowry so she must slip out of her father's house to marry him She should have known that a man who would be willing to marry in this disgraceful way would not be an honorable husband Even with her husband's misbehavior Efuru is continually exhorted to stay faithful The women in Efuru's society are encouraged to be long suffering no matter what their husbands do as long as it is not criminal The wives also have one role to fulfill and that is to have babies If they don't have a baby in a year or so after marriage they are expected to find a second wife so their husband can have children It is a selfish and bad woman who wants to keep her husband to herself without childrenEfuru does her best in both of her marriages to do everything society expects her to do She is an amazing daughter in law and her first mother in law is eternally pleased and grateful at having such a wonderful wife for her son Even when the marriage should be over and the husband is entirely to blame Efuru's mother in law admits what a wonderful woman Efuru is And yet the mother wants Efuru to stay in the marriage regardless of the wrongdoing of her sonThis is the second book this year I've read about a wife who chose a bad husband Although the stories could not be different they both came down to women doing the best they can within the constraints and expectations of their society The time periods and geography are worlds apart but the idea that the wife should stay and put up with whatever the husband does is much the same And though millions have read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall this Nigerian classic is no less important a novel that should be read to understand women and the choices they have to make


  8. alison alison says:

    should be read in conjunction with Things Fall Apart


  9. Etenwa Manuel Etenwa Manuel says:

    When trouble comes to you everything goes wrong even your fire does not kindle My review may not reflect the uality of this book Ratings are just numbers


  10. Saberina Agyei Saberina Agyei says:

    Flora Nwapa's text is a pioneering example of female African literature Not only does Efuru capture female life so vividly it also contrasts with the male dominated African literature of the period in which Nwapa writes The reader is taken through the everyday life experiences of women in an African setting Pregnancy marriage female circumcision are all discussed alongside subtle nods to the presence of colonialism The narrative is written in a style which is almost cinema like as it is able to capture and display circumstances the way film does


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10 thoughts on “Efuru

  1. Paul Paul says:

    Published in 1966 this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published this is from Wiki so take with a pinch of salt It is set in the same area and tradition as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The blurb with the book sums it up; “Efuru beautiful and respected is loved and deserted by two ordinary undistinguished husbands”The setting is rural and Efuru is a woman who is independent and competent and trades for herself The writing style is very similar to Things Fall Apart and if you enjoyed that you would certainly enjoy this Like Achebe Nwapa commentates rather than judges but the messages are clear and this book is about the society of women in the same way Things Fall Apart is about the society of men In my judgement this novel is every bit as good as Things Fall Apart and yet it is hardly known Just look at the difference in ratings; Things Fall Apart has 141 386 ratings and 5993 reviews and Efuru has 193 ratings and 17 reviews This is not because of a difference in uality; they are both great books and in my opinion Efuru is marginally better Perhaps because it is written by a woman? Surely not?The story opens a window onto customs and traditions going back centuries which are beginning to die out with younger generations and the encroachment of white culture and medicine There is a not too graphic but very powerful description of genital mutilation Efuru is a wonderfully strong and vibrant character; apart from her father the men in her life are pretty useless and she concludes she is better off without them She appears to be unable to produce lots of children and this is a source of sadness for her but she finds a role model in the form of the goddess of the lake who is beautiful powerful and independent and without childrenThis is a great novel; much too neglected and well worth looking out for

  2. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Achebe minced no words in his memoir There Was a Country A Personal History of Biafra when he mentioned his friendship with and respect for Flora Nwapa Nigeria's first woman writer and former English professor in fact her work clearly influenced Buchi Emecheta's this I sensed from the prose arrangement Reading this novel I recalled Alice Walker's words in either The World Has Changed Conversations with Alice Walker or In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens Womanist Prose where she insisted that feminism is a global thing meaning one can't care about women from only a certain race In fact this same idea is stressed in Awakenings The Story of the Kate Chopin RevivalBut I'll try not to digress Efuru Beautiful Efuru She is one character I'll never forget I love when a book leaves a character's portrait so wonderfully drawn across the windows of my mind that she assumes a role in my scholastic discussions on gender and she becomes a model of global comparisonEfuru is every love stricken daughter who marries without her parents' consent and alas bears the brunt of such decision Efuru is every woman who has loved a man as a partner and friend but had him torn away by greed gossip and jealousy Efuru is that woman who knows the pain of losing a child She is the entrepreneur breadwinner survivor and the strong female lead she never imagined herself to be due to the inflictions of her patriarchal community Efuru is a woman who moves to the beat of her town's river goddess to the beat of her own drumYou know that century old idea that a girl's education is futile since she is expected to marry and raise kids? It still exists That century old idea that a woman without children is barren or useless or even strange it still exists That century old idea that a woman who does not understand her man somehow has an inherent need to be with other women is a bad woman and the woman who feels the same need to be with another is an adulteress well that idea also still exists I'll leave you with those thoughts as they're all highlighted in this novel If you can read this with a cup of palm wine and the weighty bitter taste of kola nut resting on your tongue What you can't do is read this for prose embellishments because you'd be disappointed Nwapa like most African writers does not focus on prose design; rather her prowess is in creating drama through storytelling something most African writers do powerfully Look up a play based in Africa and most likely you'd be in good hands 'Voice' is the center of good literature from Africa one must imagine the story read aloud possibly even dramatized per African oral storytelling tradition This story moves through dialogue something difficult to do and yet Nwapa makes it look simple

  3. Madolyn Chukwu Madolyn Chukwu says:

    The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel this one I was incredibly excited I was already aware of Achebe but my gut feeling told me that this woman was a better writer Maybe it was a case of woman to womanbut further studies showed me that the world at large men of course considered Achebe to be a much better writer For me it was like a case of 419 West Africans would realise what I mean Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on criticising works by women? Even now I do not think it is sour grapes Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novelsno contest at all I think Buchi Emecheta too and her very powerful novelsshe even published of such works than Achebe Don't get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Achebe But he was a literary genius just like Nwapa and Emecheta He might even have helped Nwapa in getting publishedbut my point is that Nwapa's books characters delineation of women should be treasured toopenned by an insider Thanks

  4. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    455 Perhaps self imposed suffering appeals to her It does not appeal to me I know I am capable of suffering for greater things But to suffer for a truant husband an irresponsible husband like Adizua is to debase suffering My own suffering will be noble There're certain novels I've referred to as for adultswherein I name them as examples that go above and beyond the call of their genre as dictated by status uo classics in terms of complexity lack of lazy writing in the form of stereotypes and overall treatment of not the structure of their type but the philosophy Postcolonial literature has been a thing for some time now the artificial debts imposed by former imperial powers France without its colonial after payments would be a third world country in a heartbeat and time moving as it does can seem set in its ways if one isn't paying critical attention White writers can't get away with writing about Africa as one would a playgroundzoo as much as they used to but I still find myself confronted with uncritical trash in well respected public mouthpieces Nwapa's 'Efuru' then is a breath of fresh air especially in a world where Things Fall Apart is practically the only book of Africa specifically Nigeria specifically Igbo that the average person who claims to be a reader has in their back historyIf there is pathos in 'Efuru' it is for human beings not spectacle If there is history it is the everyday acknowledgement of real characters not the drama of white people in nonwhite wonderland If there is culture it is done not described as it is by writers who pander to diversity and believe that despite not living the diversity they can somehow fake it This is a story of a woman who lives through her own insensible tragedies and absurd dooms but the times they are a' changing and what was grounds for enslavement is now enabled by the Church what once killed is now cured and what was once respected absolutely is now destroyed by the past complicity that first built up its reputation White people are aggravating yet doddering parental figure than ultimate villain and when they do show up it is as comic relief or touches of dramatic plot point The main story is a matter of individual versus community gender roles social machinations legal or lack thereof statutes relating to domestic matters religious influence old versus new accredited versus familiar all of which is not nearly so dryly thematic when as read as it sounds when listed out As said this is a novel for adults and I don't mean the lazy indicators of such in terms of violence and sex and other gratuitous shock tropes I mean adult in that there are no right answers or there are no right answers yet or there will never be any right answers so long as life goes along unuestioned and individuals trust that the mold of their ancestors will protect their progeny so long as they all fit All the while exteriorizing the concerns of the non Nigerian hoping to accurately portray the NigerianAfrican of courseThis is the best book I've read so far in 2018 so I can excuse my putting off reading it for so long with the reasoning that this initial good fortune will provide motivation to take a chance on other solo names This particular work is on a number of Best Books of on a lesser scale than So Long a Letter but still to an extent that I fear people will read this feel satisfied with themselves and then use that satisfied feeling to power their reading of 99 books by white people If you claim the right to read your own myopic way out of freedom and whatnot sure go your own way Just don't come crying to me when your myopia becomes other's legal extradition policies and your standing for no one results in you standing alone The booming of the cannons was announcing the departure of a great son the last of the generation that had direct contact with the white people who exchanged their cannons hot drinks and cheap ornaments for black slaves

  5. Sincerae Sincerae says:

    I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level The decent honorable and unselfish are often under appreciated in this life Thus is the case of the main character Efuru who is beautiful but she is than just a pretty face She is good natured honest patient generous forgiving industrious a loyal wife from a respected family and well liked by the majority of the people in her village As for the author Flora Nwapa her writing style is very stark There are few curlicues of language or poetic flourishes here The language is almost like reading a play's script I would give her writing four stars The setting of Efuru is in a Nigerian village probably just after the First World War The community its harmony and customs are described in a world that is changing for all the inhabitants both old and young Though a young woman Efuru is rather a throwback to the older simpler times She rebels in eloping with her first husband but her conscience won't permit her not to go back and apologize to her father who eagerly takes her back and forgives her

  6. Jez Jez says:

    It frustrates me reading some of the reviews for Efuru on here All too often they mention enjoying this 'simple' novel even though it lacks any 'real narrative' To me these backhanded compliments smack of racism; the assumption that prose not florid in the Western Tradition is 'simple' that a story without high drama is without pointEfuru is vivid and spare and elegant Anyone criticising this novel for its simplicity try to craft a response elouent than Efuru's when she speaks of 'suffering for herself' As for the novel's 'point' Efuru's arc from devoted wife of undeserving men to self possessed woman is electrifying This novel could easily have ended with Efuru's emancipation involving her attending a white school and entering our wider world but it doesn't She is of the Igbo and her own nature is her saviour

  7. Laurie Laurie says:

    I wish people would read older African literature written by women but unfortunately there isn't much out there to choose from It is important to read books written by women to get a view of post colonial Africa from a woman's perspective In Efuru Nwapa tells the story of a beautiful woman who does not have good luck in life even though she is a generous and upstanding woman She marries a ne'er do well who can't afford the dowry so she must slip out of her father's house to marry him She should have known that a man who would be willing to marry in this disgraceful way would not be an honorable husband Even with her husband's misbehavior Efuru is continually exhorted to stay faithful The women in Efuru's society are encouraged to be long suffering no matter what their husbands do as long as it is not criminal The wives also have one role to fulfill and that is to have babies If they don't have a baby in a year or so after marriage they are expected to find a second wife so their husband can have children It is a selfish and bad woman who wants to keep her husband to herself without childrenEfuru does her best in both of her marriages to do everything society expects her to do She is an amazing daughter in law and her first mother in law is eternally pleased and grateful at having such a wonderful wife for her son Even when the marriage should be over and the husband is entirely to blame Efuru's mother in law admits what a wonderful woman Efuru is And yet the mother wants Efuru to stay in the marriage regardless of the wrongdoing of her sonThis is the second book this year I've read about a wife who chose a bad husband Although the stories could not be different they both came down to women doing the best they can within the constraints and expectations of their society The time periods and geography are worlds apart but the idea that the wife should stay and put up with whatever the husband does is much the same And though millions have read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall this Nigerian classic is no less important a novel that should be read to understand women and the choices they have to make

  8. alison alison says:

    should be read in conjunction with Things Fall Apart

  9. Etenwa Manuel Etenwa Manuel says:

    When trouble comes to you everything goes wrong even your fire does not kindle My review may not reflect the uality of this book Ratings are just numbers

  10. Saberina Agyei Saberina Agyei says:

    Flora Nwapa's text is a pioneering example of female African literature Not only does Efuru capture female life so vividly it also contrasts with the male dominated African literature of the period in which Nwapa writes The reader is taken through the everyday life experiences of women in an African setting Pregnancy marriage female circumcision are all discussed alongside subtle nods to the presence of colonialism The narrative is written in a style which is almost cinema like as it is able to capture and display circumstances the way film does

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