Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive and one of the most powerful men of his clan. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man's dangerous pride eventually destroy him?
©1959 Chinua Achebe (P)1997 Recorded Books LLC
Business Physicist and Astronomer
I had a very hard time getting into this book but once it caught, about 1/3 through, I was hooked. It is very simplistic writing which through me at first. But the style grew on me and the sheer conservation of words pierced me with the truths that come through every sentence.
Yes, I highly, highly recommend this book.
This interpretation ranks near the top of the titles I have listened to.
1984. A must-read 20th century classic must-read.
I listened to it in several sittings and while walking and driving.
This novel would not be my first choice of novels, but I had no choice, it was an assignment. That being said, the story was very well performed, and it helped me with getting past all the difficult names. Now I will not be afraid to read the actual print version of the novel, and I will at least have some idea what the story is about. I recommend this read if you are interested in African cultures.
Apparently, the purpose of the book was to show that African culture was not "primitive" before the British arrived. This book not only failed to do so, but in fact affirmed that the culture was previously extremely primitive. As an engineer, the fact that they never questioned things that were so obviously incorrect was beyond irritating. The narrator was also about as boring and slow as could be. He leaves a long pause every time he sees a comma, period, or just plain feels like it. It may not sound too bad but it makes for a miserable listening experience. Don't waste your money on this book.
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