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message 1: by Garima (new)

Garima Wonderful review, Tony.


message 2: by Tony (new)

Tony Thank you, Garima.


message 3: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala I remember the Biafra war and like you, Tony, I was too young to grasp the issues. When I read this book, I figured out some of them - your excellent explanation filled in the missing bits.
In spite of the relative privilege of the narrator's family in this story, I felt I was reading an authentic account, and the writing was quite good too.


message 4: by Tony (new)

Tony I agree it sounded authentic, Fionnuala. It was the fictional relationships that annoyed me. Even Igwu, who I really liked, had a difficult time relating. That, and the author's attempt to link the Nigerian Civil War to America's racial conflict. I'm sorry, but they are two very different things. I wavered, and waver still, between 3 and 4 stars.


message 5: by Sue (new)

Sue Excellent review. This is on my list.


message 6: by Anna (new)

Anna Thanks for this review Tony. I too wavered between three and four stars. And quite agree that the characters are rather flat.


message 7: by Quo (new)

Quo I lived in East Africa when the Biafran war was raging in Nigeria & even managed to purchase some Biafran postage stamps in Nairobi, most certainly a collector's item. At the time the Igbo were called the "Jesuits of W.Africa", seen by some as intellectually gifted & exceptionally good at business. Tribalism in Africa preceded the coming of Europeans but was exacerbated by colonialism & by religious differences, including the rapid spread of the world of the Koran as well as of the crucifix. Oddly enough, the only African countries that officially recognized Biafra's attempt at independence were countries with many small tribes & no dominant ethnic group that might attempt to secede from its own post-colonial boundaries. Excellent review!


message 8: by Tony (new)

Tony Quo wrote: "I lived in East Africa when the Biafran war was raging in Nigeria & even managed to purchase some Biafran postage stamps in Nairobi, most certainly a collector's item. At the time the Igbo were cal..."

Thank you, Quo. Seems you had a ring-side seat.


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