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GraceLand by Chris Abani
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Jun 07, 11

bookshelves: fiction-adult
Read in June, 2011

Nigerian coming of age story. Early in the book, for example, Boy is supposed to kill and eagle by bow and arrow as his first rite of passage; adult males create a set-up where a chick is pre-skewered by an arrow that they claim is his in order to check off the ordeal in an environmentally acceptable way-- so they can get on to the drinking part of the ceremony, and leave the boy to consider what just happened.
A novel that shows the difficulty to keeping a balance between the "old ways" and the practicality and coarseness and cynicism of current life.
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