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Efuru, beautiful and respected, is loved and deserted by two ordinary, undistinguished husbands.

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

slow, but worth it.

by nonabug on Apr 24, 2007

if you have read Things Fall Apart (Achebe), you should read this book. If you are interested in global in/outsider perspectives on feminism, you should read this book. Efuru is about a woman establishing her autonomy within the bounds of her culture. by no means a radical peice, it was nonetheless controversial when it was first published in 1966 - as a response to Achebe's work - with the intent of fleshing out the previously one-dimensional portrayals of Igbo women. as a westerner, as a lover of literature, it is not the most engaging read. Its a straightforward, stylistically simple plot narrative. Nwapa hersef has stated that she is not a writer, but a voice saying something which needs to be said. And that's true. Its an important book, which at times can be tough to get through, but remains worth the struggle.

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