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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This is the reason why she does not give her worshippers children as they wish. For a while, their marriage is a happy one, Gilbert and Efuru do business together as equal partners. He might even have helped Nwapa in getting published Literary critic Eldred Jones and author Eustace Palmer both represent the opinion of some Nigerian male writers at the time, most of whom criticize Nwapa for focusing on the affairs of women.

Flora Nwapa

Aug 04, Eliana Nzualo rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Not because he has not repaid the first loan, but because of what he florx the loan in—chieftaincy title. This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected.

She is a template of an ideal personality. But he was a literary genius, just like Nwapa and Emecheta. Although many religious people will argue that it is God that gives people babies, many, especially those who believe in tradition, would rather emphasize the role of native doctors in making such quest a reality. Lists with This Book. Aug 20, Jez rated it it was amazing. Admittedly, Efuru is a woman of many sorrows.

Everything about Flora Nwapa screamed ‘feminist’, everything but her own words

Everyone that comes to greet and console her encourages her that she will soon remarry. It does not appeal to me. May 23, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 nwapq beautiful, powerful, and independent nwapx without children.


There is no doubt that sacrifice plays a very important role in the life of people. She was as old as the lake itself. Not many women would have the courage to do what Efuru has done in this typical traditional society for fear of what people will say. Lyndsey added it Jan 26, He also enquires of her personal life and welfare and listens passionately to her conversation.

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. Efuru and Her Husbands. Then have them write an essay comparing their religion to the goddess worship eduru Uhamiri in the novel. Traditions of Igbo culture Now I was very astonished, considering the historical significance of this book, that fllora library in Dallas Texas carried this novel.

Efuru is successful, happy, and free from her oppressive and abusive first husband, Adizua, and from her equally disappointing second husband Gilbert. Her novel Efuru is among the first English-language novels by a woman from Africa.

Sfuru wish I knew more about genre theory, but perhaps this is realism?

Everything about Flora Nwapa screamed ‘feminist’, everything but her own words – Ventures Africa

Efuru is every woman who has loved a man as a partner and friend, but had him torn away by greed, gossip, and jealousy. Read Efuru in addition to other African women’s literature.

Despite the fact that they have not been able to pay their efugu, the couple still have the effrontery to go back to their creditor, Efuru to request for another loan. She is of the Igbo and her own nature is her saviour.

Maybe it was a case of woman to woman Universal, cross-cultural truths about motherhood, marriage, femininity, gossip, community, education and change. Paperbackpages.

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Throughout the story, Efuru wishes to be a mother, though she is an independent-minded woman and respected for her nwapw ability. Tlora is set during colonial times and draws a vivid image of Riverine Igbo rural life, industrious women, pros and cons of local customs and beliefs, their disruption under the impact of missionary activities and education, as well as the benefits of Western medicine combatting tropical diseases.


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. She is a very resolute woman having refused to marry another man since the death of her husband who had jilted her many times before his death.

This is not because of a difference in quality; they efhru both great books and in my opinion Efuru is marginally better. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. Jun 17, Colin Williams rated it liked it. Someone who is not conversant with African traditional cultures may be quick to ask if children are all there is in folra. The form encourages economy of setting, concise…. Chapter Seventeen With the help of Ajanupu, Efuru is taken to a hospital in Aba where she is cured of her illness.

Want it from a woman’s perspective? Like Efuru who becomes a victim of one-sided love, Nwabata no doubt loves her husband more than he loves her.

This site is part of a larger site concerning Postcolonial Studies. However, Efuru does not care.

She is unlike El Hadji, in Sembene’s Xalawho lives by the hands of those he swindles. Perhaps his peers are right in calling him a fool. At the same time she remains a respectable woman in her village’s society. Maria marked it as to-read Aug 30, The book is about Efuru, an Igbo woman who lives in a small village in colonial West Africa. Although we are not told why he was jailed in the trading town of Onicha, we may not be totally wrong to speculate that he may have committed a crime or he was a partner vy crime.