Efuru has 5 ratings and 0 reviews. This edition marks the 50th anniversary of Efuru, the first novel by Nigeria’s Flora Nwapa. Originally. Before her death on October 16, , Nwapa said in an interview that she used Efuru to explore how women are treated in the society. Having. Appearing in , Efuru was the first internationally published book, in English, by a Nigerian woman. Flora Nwapa () sets her story in a small village .

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An incredibly talented, imaginative, evocative African writer. It’s refreshing to read of a woman who lived in an unconventional way for her era.

This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected. His foolishness and irresponsibility become apparent when he leaves his wife and absconds with another woman never to return not even at the death of their only daughter.

Why then did women worship her? I wish I knew more about genre theory, but perhaps this is realism? 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.

Again, this is what makes her an ideal woman, a near perfect personality. However, things start to get bitter when Efuru is unable to conceive any children.

Flora Nwapa and the African woman’s struggle to identify as feminist

Becky Atom rated it liked it May 25, This is because in their culture and tradition, polygamy is not only acceptable but also encouraged. I’m glad I read it once, probably won’t read it again. I would give her writing four stars. However, while it is gorgeous, and convincing and has some interesting notes on polygamy, there seems to be no plot or central idea of the novel. Chris Grieves marked it as to-read Mar 12, Like his wife, Efuru, Adizua had lost his father at early age and was brought up by his mother.

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In particular she worked with orphans and refugees that where displaced during the war. One of the greatest mistakes that women often make is to force their way into a marriage.

Perhaps this is why Efuru has to settle down with another man after she has been abandoned by Adizua. Refresh and try again. As usual, Efuru is neither perturbed by the presence of her rival wife nor her step son. She is the maid of Efuru. Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novels Buchi Emecheta too and her very powerful novels Like Jesus, Efuru continues to love the unloved and cares for people despite their depravity. For a while, their marriage is a happy one, Gilbert and Efuru do business together as equal partners.

She thought it was contentious and against men. Toksyk rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Emmanuel Adim marked it as to-read Jul 31, Efuru’s village is a polygamous village. A mother of six, she is hardworking and very helpful to her husband. Her taciturn character is perhaps due to her sorrowful life.

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No thanks to Gilbert who has abandoned and relegated a woman who has invested so much in his life. Arguably, he may have been chasing this lady in his heart. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Although she does not have formal education, she is just as intelligent as many educated folks.

Afrikkalainen nainen kuvataan kerrankin vahvana toimijana. She confides in her mother-in-law who advises her to keep cool that all will be well. She is good-natured, honest, patient, generous, forgiving, industrious, a loyal wife, from a respected family, and well liked by the majority of ecuru people in her village.

His wife blames him for his thoughtlessness. True to her character, Efuru does not have florw quarrel with her rival wife. She was distinguished herself” Nwapa 1. She seems to tell women that children are not the only source and should not be the only cause of their happiness.

ANALYSIS AND SUMMARY OF EFURU

Views Read Edit View history. Vickie marked it as to-read Feb 12, Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries.

After Efuru loses her daughter to the cold hands of death, she finds out that Adizua has married another woman and had a child with her. Efuru by Flora Nwapa. Please try again later.