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The Stillborn

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Published by Not Avail (first published 1984)
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Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been hearing about this novel for years. Finally I got my hands on a copy. The print was tiny and I didn't think I'd read it because of that. However, once I started reading it, I was immediately sucked in. I read most of it during several airplane flights (normally, I can't read at all on planes, so this was that good). It was a real page-turner. But this was not because of break-neck pacing or anything. The story was just really rich and the characters deeply interesting. This is a novel ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
What I enjoyed most about this was its vivacious, smart protagonist, Li, who is prepared to seek fulfilment in defiance of those who want to intimidate her into submission. While I had never heard of this book, and was only able to find an old second hand copy from the wonderful Drumbeats series, it seems that it is considered a feminist classic in Nigeria and more widely in Africa, so it must resonate strongly with those closer to the material.

Small but perfectly formed, with engaging character
Yakut Melikzadeh Akbay
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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It is a coming-of-age novel depicting physical and spiritual growth of a Nigerian woman who learns to survive in the face of harsh conditions and traditions within which she lives and has to come to terms with.
Apr 20, 2013 added it
I have read this book before but I need the summary for better understanding,the book is very very interesting o
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If i was to sum this book up , i'd use this quote from the story "it is well to dream, child(...) Everybody does, and as long as we live, we shall continue to dream. But it is also important to remember that like babies dreams are conceived but not all dreams are born alive. Some are aborted. Others are stillborn."
Muhammad Abdullahi
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500 Great Books B...: The Stillborn - Zaynab Alkali 3 24 Apr 24, 2016 12:56PM  
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Her Islamic family came from a village in Borno State, Nigeria, but moved to a Christian village in Gongola State, where she was brought up. She graduated from Bayero University, Kano, with a BA in 1973, obtaining an MA in African Literature in English in 1979. The first woman novelist from Northern Nigeria, she is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

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