Efuru has 5 ratings and 0 reviews. This edition marks the 50th anniversary of Efuru, the first novel by Nigeria’s Flora Nwapa. Originally. Before her death on October 16, , Nwapa said in an interview that she used Efuru to explore how women are treated in the society. Having. Appearing in , Efuru was the first internationally published book, in English, by a Nigerian woman. Flora Nwapa () sets her story in a small village .

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Flora Nwapa

I’ll leave you with those thoughts, as they’re all highlighted in this novel. Refresh and try again. The simplicity of sentence structure is helpful in understanding Nwapa’s world in this book. Florx, after a month she celebrates her integration into womanhood by going to the market to show herself.

Flora Nwapa and the African woman’s struggle to identify as feminist

Even now I do not think it is sour grapes. She gave women beauty and wealth but she had no child. Notes eefuru Flora Nwapa’s Efuru. His foolishness and irresponsibility become apparent when he leaves his wife and absconds with another woman never to return not even at the death of their only daughter.

Help us improve this article! She confides in her mother-in-law who advises her to keep cool that all nwwpa be well.

Efuru – Wikipedia

The book also describes quite matter-of-factly the horrific ritual of female circumcision–a painful clitorectomy–that all young women in this society are expected to undergo before ma This beautiful novel describes the youth, marriage, motherhood and eventual personal epiphany of a young woman of contemporary Nigeria.


He might even have helped Nwapa in getting published It takes place this year at the British Library from July Nigeria has a diverse geography, with climates ranging from arid to humid equatorial. However, the truth can never be hidden—the child visits the father and causes a stir in the home.

Oct 01, Sincerae rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nwapa’s ‘Efuru’, then, is a breath of fresh air, especially in a world where Things Fall Apart is practically the only book of Africa, specifically Nigeria, specifically Igbo, that the average person who claims to be a reader has in their back history. After he has used the money he supposed to pay Efuru to take a title, Nwosu is now in penury. Although she was rough and raw when she first came to stay with Efuru, she soon learns and integrates fully into her new home.

If there is pathos in ‘Efuru’, it is for human beings, not spectacle.

Dfuru time her brother beat her husband and tore his clothes, she made sure that she bought another one for him. Although she could be nagging sometimes, she respects florq husband and loves him, especially when they first married. That century-old idea that a woman without children is barren or useless or even strange – it still exists.


The writing style is very similar to Thi Published inthis apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published this is from Wiki so take with a pinch of salt.

Efuru is an industrious young woman who has experiences of unhappy marriages. Buchi Emecheta too and her very powerful novels Open Preview See a Problem?

Claire marked it as to-read Jan 13, However, she keeps her dignity and leaves her husbands when they abandon her illustrating her strength to care for herself. However, while it is gorgeous, and convincing and has some interesting notes on polygamy, there seems to be no plot or central idea of the novel.

Her in-laws try to convince her flira stay with him, i.


Vickie marked it as to-read Feb 12, Efuru is chosen by Uhamiri, the goddess nwappa the lake, to become one of her worshippers; Uhamiri was known to offer her worshippers wealth and beauty, but very few children. Efuru’s eventual tragedy is that she is not able to marry or raise children successfully. Are you less of a woman if you don’t have kids?

The book is a full and accurate portrayal of feuru Igbo culture, still evident to this day.

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