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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See all 19 questions about The Concubine…. Lists with This Book. Aug 16, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book. Concunine very much liked the two major characters and SO wanted them to be happy! For me, this book is a glimpse into a culture that is not familiar and I enjoyed that as well. The humor of the book is, however, universal–as is the tragedy. At the end, I couldn’t help thinking about human beings’ relationships with our deities.
Gods get to do what they want precisely because they are gods. If we don’t forgive them for what they do as if they carewe must, at least, accep I really enjoyed this book.
If we don’t forgive them for what they do as if they carewe must, at least, accept it. Amadi gave me a new way amxdi think about selfish and greedy people. Speaking of a greedy person, a character says this: Well, maybe this is what Scrooge learned on Christmas Eve.
View all 5 comments. Feb 03, Jerome Kuseh rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my favourite books. This book is a masterpiece. 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.
View all 4 comments. Aug 18, Nnedi rated it it was amazing.
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I really enjoyed this. The plot meanders and so does the point of view. But that’s the beauty of it. It’s a nice slice-of-precolonial-Igbo-life story. It’s frank example, it’s normal for men to beat their wives and this is spoken of without judgement Puh-leaseyet loving you can tell that the author is proud of his culture, bumps, scars and all.
It’s refreshing to not see any Europeans sneak in to disrupt things, haha. And it’s a really interesting read when yo Amdi really enjoyed this. And it’s a really interesting read when you consider the interplay of eoechi and traditional beliefs and destiny and free will and deities. Was Iheoma so lovely because she quietly suffered? Why was she not allowed happiness? My only issue was with the title.
Why is this novel called The Concubine when there are no concubines? Still, it’s a great classic Nigerian novel. View all 3 comments. Jun 05, Esther Neema Mumo rated it it was amazing. A book that took my attention all the way to the end. It introduced me to loving African literature.
Jun 17, Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it. I wanted to read this book because of one thing: It’s a production of the African Writers Series. I loved the narration and how events unfold slowly all the way to the end where you understand why Ihuoma’s male admirers die very “Would you agree to be a concubine instead of someone’s wife? I loved the narration and how events unfold slowly all concubbine way to the end where you understand why Ihuoma’s male admirers die very mysterious deaths.
It’s a great read and I’d read it again, because it dwells on aspects of culture and customs of people in Nigeria and it’s well told- you just can’t put this down. Dec 28, Lisa rated it really liked it Recommended to Lisa by: Elechi Amadi is a notable Nigerian author who writes in English.
There is no mention of any western influences or events, and the novel has a timeless quality. The rhythms of village eechi seem eternal, and the routines immutable. Characters have speech patterns that reflect presumably old ways of thinking and talking, and they use greetings that seem charming, such as the call and response used when epechi at evening: Before long the reader is captivated by this tale of doomed love.
To read the rest of my review, please visit http: Apr 24, Chioma Bethel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was my first adult novel, i read it at age 8 and it was the text for my senior secondary school exams. For me, it was a book set in the traditional village community untouched by colonization and its adverse effects. Jun 30, Nathan “N. Dec 04, Nick Dasher rated it really liked it Shelves: The Concubine is a simple story, and yet somehow spellbinding.
Amadi has a rare talent for building up his characters through realistic, naturally flowing conversations and has a sense of how qmadi react to different situations. He is clearly proud of his culture and wants to tell the reader about it, but refrains from lavishing extended explanations of African life and society that too many novels force on the reader.
Rather, Amadi focuses on telling his story purely and directly, and the insi The Concubine is a simple story, and yet somehow spellbinding. Rather, Amadi focuses on telling his story purely and directly, and the insights into the village’s way of life follow naturally.
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And what marvelous insights they are. Amadi is, if nothing else, an honest writer. He is certainly aware of the Western world’s unfavorable views on sexism, wife-beating, and superstition, and he acknowledges that some of these are wrong he makes no apologies for the superstition. However, he does very well to show how precarious these villagers situation is, and the reader comes to understand that their culture is a result of their circumstances.
He doesn’t make excuses for his people’s flaws, but he gently reminds the reader that they should not judge people from such a radically different culture until they have experienced it themselves. Ultimately he treats both his readers and his characters with respect. The best of his characters, though unashamedly primitive, are dignified, considerate, and moral, while those who are not are ostracized from the community.
Ihuoma’s displays of grace and composure in trying circumstances are moving. Ekwueme, on the other hand, is far from perfect, but elechii likable elehci his flaws give him humanity. It seems odd to say that I could relate to the plight of someone living in a mud hut in Nigeria, but I felt like I understood cojcubine guy. Unfortunately the work is held back a bit by a number of grammatical errors ‘two’ instead of ‘too’ was the worst and a few minor plot holes Ekwueme is given a female dog after his first marriage, but another character later says that he has no dogs.
Also, I found the ending to be extremely abrupt, although that may have been intentional. Nevertheless, I have a feeling this will be on of those stories that sticks with me. I’ll probably reread The Concubine several times in my lifetime to reenter Amadi’s world and enjoy his refreshingly elecgi, understated prose. Jan 07, Mary rated it really liked it. Feb 09, Yewande Akeredolu rated it liked it. I looked for this book for almost two years and I was excited to finally get it. Good book, but there was just something I did not quite like – the ending, maybe.
Jan 15, Bajen rated it liked it Shelves: This was weird in the end.