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Author: Chinua Achebe Narrator: Prentice Onayemi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2035 ISBN: 9780525496601
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The second novel in Chinua Achebe’s masterful African trilogy, following Things Fall Apart and preceding No Longer at Ease
When Things Fall Apart ends, colonial rule has been introduced to Umuofia, and the character of the nation, its values, freedoms, religious and socio-political foundations have substantially and irrevocably been altered. Arrow of God, the second novel in Chinua Achebe’s The African Trilogy, moves the historical narrative forward. This time, the action revolves around Ezeulu, the headstrong chief priest of the god Ulu, which is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. The novel is a meditation on the nature, uses, and responsibility of power and leadership. Ezeulu finds that his authority is increasingly under threat from rivals within his nation and functionaries of the newly established British colonial government. Yet he sees himself as untouchable. He is forced, with tragic consequences, to reconcile conflicting impulses in his own nature—a need to serve the protecting deity of his Umuaro people; a desire to retain control over their religious observances; and a need to gain increased personal power by pushing his authority to the limits. He ultimately fails as he leads his people to their own destruction, and consequently, his personal tragedy arises. Arrow of God is an unforgettable portrayal of the loss of faith, and the downfall of a man in a society forever altered by colonialism. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Femi | 1/25/2011

    " To me, this is Achebe's best book. It's a beautiful display of the triumph of the great African traditions over the so-called civilisation brought by the Europeans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariamarta | 9/15/2010

    " It has the best quote that shows the difference between translation and interpretation - culturally apprpriate.

    I've experienced it through many years of interpreting on the job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/7/2010

    " In my opinion, much better than "Things Fall Apart." The switching between viewpoints of the African village and the English officers drove home the... drift between them. I also found the ending to be more satisfying, on an allegorical level. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 5/11/2010

    " I had struggled to read this book- maybe it was me! I loved Things Fall Apart, picked this up and I noted in the introduction it was the author's favorite. Maybe I'll have to try again sometime... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 5/3/2010

    " Interesting look at a Nigerian village during high colonialism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 4/15/2010

    " This book is super hard to get into. There isn't a plot and all the names sound the same! Learning about the culture is very interesting, and Achebe gives great examples of traditions throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 3/14/2010

    " As lyrical as Things Fall Apart, but too fragmented. I kept losing the story line and actually didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 2/20/2010

    " I read this for a comparative lit class in college. I was surprised at how much I liked this novel, considering it wasn't science fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 2/10/2010

    " Definitely hard to read. Way too many names all with more vowels than you can shake a stick at and almost all of those vowels are a's and o's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri | 1/29/2010

    " This was kind of interesting. The problem I have is with the end - all of the intensity throughout the book and then I feel like it was just done.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2010

    " I enjoyed this book more than 'things fall apart'. i'm not that familiar with achebe's writing but it had a magical realism to it that i really enjoyed. it kept you wondering as to what was 'really' going on. "

About the Author

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was a prominent Nigerian writer who is famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. His satire and keen ear for spoken language made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers in English. He published novels, essay collections, poetry, short stories, and juvenile fiction. Among his works are Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Arrow of God, and the notable collections Morning Yet on Creation Day and Hopes and Impediments. A recipient of the Man Booker International Prize, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

About the Narrator

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.