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May 7, 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. Efuru has ratings and 43 reviews. Paul said: Published in , this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published (this. Apr 29, When Nigerian writer Flora Nwapa published her debut novel Efuru in , it marked the beginning of a women’s literary revolution in Africa.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Efuru by Flora Nwapa. Efuru by Flora Nwapa. Efjru, beautiful and respected, is loved and deserted by two ordinary undistinguished husbands. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Efuruplease sign up. I want to wnapa reading my books.

How do I download them to commence reading? See all 5 questions about Efuru…. Lists with Fkora Book. May 23, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published inthis apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published this is from Wiki so take with a pinch of salt.

The writing style is very similar to Thi Published inthis apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be eefuru this is from Wiki so take with a pinch of salt. The writing style is very similar nwapaa 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 ratings and reviews and Efuru has ratings and 17 reviews.

This efuri not because of a difference in quality; they are both great books and in my opinion Efuru is marginally better. Perhaps because it is written by a woman? The story opens a window onto customs and traditions going back eturu which are beginning to die out with younger generations and the encroachment of white culture and medicine.

There is efiru 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 children.

This is a great novel; much too neglected and well worth looking out for. View all 5 comments. Aug 03, Cheryl rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Achebe minced no words in his memoir There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafrawhen he mentioned his friendship with and respect for Flora Nwapa, Nigeria’s first woman writer and former English nwapq in fact her work clearly influenced Buchi Emecheta’s, this I sensed from the prose arrangement.

Womanist Prosewhere she insisted that floea 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 Revival. But I’ll try not to digress. 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 comparison. Efuru 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 jwapa 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 drum. Nwappa know that century-old idea that a girl’s education is futile, since she is expected to marry and efurru kids?

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 efuuru 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. This story moves through dialogue, something difficult to do, rfuru yet Nwapa makes it look simple.

View all 18 comments. Sep 17, Madolyn Chukwu rated it it was amazing. 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 woman For me it was like a case of “” – West Africans would realise what I mean. Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on, criticising works by women The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel – this one – I was incredibly excited.

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 novels Buchi Emecheta too and efufu very powerful novels 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 published Oct 01, Sincerae rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 more 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 flpra the author Flora Nwapa, her writing style is very stark. There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level.


Efuru – Wikipedia

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 community, its harmony, and customs are described in a world efjru 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.

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

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. 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 heartbeatand, time, moving as it does, can seem set in its ways if one isn’t paying critical attention.

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 history. If 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 dlora 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 glora 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, lfora once killed is now cured, and what was once respected absolutely is now destroyed by the past effuru that nwpaa built up its reputation. White people are more 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 efuur 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 flor 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 unquestioned and individuals trust that the mold of their ancestors will protect nwpaa progeny, so long as they all fit.

This is the best book I’ve read so far inso I can excuse my putting off reading it for so long with the reasoning that this initial good fortune will provide motivation efkru take a chance on other, solo names. If you claim the right to read your own myopic way out of freedom and whatnot, sure, go your own way.

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