Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow, has the admiration of the entire community in which she lives, and especially of the hunter Ekwueme. But their passion is fated . The Concubine by Elechi Amadi The concubine is a fictitious novel by Nigerian author Elechi Amadi. The novel was first published in after which the author . The Concubine by Elechi Amadi centres round the year old Ihuoma, a beautiful, gentle and charming woman whose personality is second.

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Dec 17, Lunga rated it it was amazing. As a tradition, his body is to be taken far away from the village and thrown into the deep forest.

After a failed attempt to make his wife, Wolu, convey his message of love to Ihuoma, he goes arrogantly to tell the woman himself.

Feb 03, Jerome Kuseh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thereafter, Ekwueme will not take any medicine unless Ihuoma is present.

Languages Svenska Edit links. It’s frank example, it’s normal for men to beat their wives and this is spoken of without judgement His storytelling draws and locks you into the personal struggles of characters, as they navigate love, fate, and notions of self in cnocubine universe ruled by seemingly apathetic, unseen forces.

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi, Summary and Book Review

For me, this book is a glimpse into a culture that is not familiar and I enjoyed that as well. And what marvelous insights they are. However, the marriage is soon short-lived, as Ekwueme cannot put up with his wife’s consistent nagging and sulking. Newer Post Older Post Home. Oct 22, Susan rated it it was amazing. It’s a production of the African Writers Series. A haunting tale This by far my favorite book by an African writer, and though I have read nearly African novels, this is the only one that I have reread – 3 times!

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This book give great insight to the African customs especially regarding marriage. This was my first adult novel, i read it at age 8 and it was the text for my senior secondary school exams.

That was when Ekwueme died. What’s up with that, title?

Nigeria’s Elechi Amadi, author of The Concubine, dies

This is a scintillating tale of love and yearning for love and getting heartbroken, not once but many times. It ended too soon. Hello Victoria, Look-out for an email from admin african-literature. Jan 15, Bajen rated it liked it Shelves: Even though she has her doubts and fear of the unknown in the guise of nightmares and hallucinations, her doggedness and homely character through the lonely, dreadful period of widowhood has won many people to her side.

Did you enjoy this essay? An Amazing African literature set in the eastern part of Nigeria before the colonial era.

The Concubine

If we don’t forgive them for what they do as if they carewe must, at least, accept it. What particularly interests you the most about The Concubine by Elechi Amadi? In The Concubine, the reader is completel I enjoyed this. It is such a huge ceremony that many believe will wear her out. Ekwueme, on the other hand, is far from perfect, but he’s likable and his flaws give him humanity. But after series of divinations and medicines by the highly regarded Anyika, the medicine man, Emenike passes on, leaving his wife, Ihuoma and their four children behind.


To read the rest of my review, please visit http: In The Concubine, the reader is completely immersed in the faiths and traditions of the village. Heinemann- Fiction – pages.

Trivia About The Concubine. And it’s a really interesting read when you consider the interplay of cultural and traditional beliefs and destiny and ammadi will and deities. But his mission is soon aborted and he comes home limping, with a badly injured toe. References to this book The Language of Postcolonial Literatures: Elechi Amadi has written many good books but So go and settle your differences with your elechhi peacefully. Siafa Johnson chapter 11 summery. In he served as Commissioner of Lands and Housing.

Though I read it too long ago to write a proper review, I can remember enjoying this tragic tale of a woman who’s married in the spiritual realm, thus any man who marries her is doomed to ruin from the vengeance of her spiritual husband. The novel portrays a society still ruled by traditional gods, offering a glimpse into the human relationships that such a society creates. I read it a long time ago though so who knows what a another reading will do to my opinion.