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'Arrow of God' by Chinua Achebe

Set in colonial Nigeria (Igbo land) the novel tells the story of Ezeulu, the chief priest of Ulu (a god) in the village of Umuaro. Ezeulu is a headstrong man whose arrogance eventually leads to his detriment. There were several subplots to the story and it had many characters. Achebe was detailed in explaining pre-colonial Igbo traditions and customs, at times coming across as too deliberate and tedious, sucking the life out of the story. I also found that the plentiful characters crammed the story and it was often difficult keeping track of the crux. The book actually took me a year to finish; I had to keep breaking it up with something more lively and engaging. So far, this is my least favourite Achebe book. I rate it 3 over 10.

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