May 7, 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. Efuru has ratings and 43 reviews. Paul said: Published in , this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published (this. Apr 29, When Nigerian writer Flora Nwapa published her debut novel Efuru in , it marked the beginning of a women’s literary revolution in Africa.

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Use this exercise to note any Colonial images in the text. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level.

As a wise woman, Efuru knows that for her business to spring back, she has to get a nanny who will take care of their baby and fortunately for her, her husband does not frown at her decision. So, Efuru advises that they should get a maid who will look after their baby while she joins her husband to trade. There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level.

No matter what Efuru does to make these men happy, they only think of how to make her sad. May her soul rest in peace. When Efuru’s husbands are unfaithful to her, she also, unlike in other polygamous villages, is able to leave her husbands.


You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Pregnancy, marriage, female circumcision are all discussed, alongside subtle nods to the presence of colonialism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Because of her ignorance, she weeps when she learns that her husband is going to be operated upon. This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected.

Efuru’s life isn’t as society expects, but through her challenges she carries herself superbly. Again, When Efuru learns about the sickness of her former mother-in-law, she visits her and helps her to feel better. Therefore, I am not surprised that he leaves her for another woman because he did not love her in the first place. Efusu muses at the story’s end that the lady of the lake has never married nor had children, but still, the women of the community worship her.

Dec 07, Saberina Agyei rated it liked it.

However, Efuru does not care. Jan 27, Emily Mack rated it liked it.

Jun 17, Colin Williams rated it liked it. Summary and Analysis of Sections. Although feminist groups are exposing this awful practice more and more to the world at large and trying to get it outlawed in Africa, the Middle East and other areas of the world where it is routinely practiced, the ritual still goes on today.

This is why Efuru accepts the verdict of the priest that she has been chosen to serve the sea goddess, Uhamiri. I want to start reading my books. 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. Ironically, no one wants to probe the fertility of Gilbert, not even Efuru.


Flora Nwapa

She is good-natured, honest, patient, generous, forgiving, industrious, a loyal wife, fora a respected family, and well liked by the majority of the people in her village. After they have made enough money, Efuru suggests that her husband should go to her father to pay her bride price.

Contact our editors with your feedback. While never considering herself a feminist, she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman’s viewpoint. Perhaps his peers are right in calling him a fool.

Efurus’ only daughter dies while she is still a small child, and a son never arrives. Efuru and Her Husbands.

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She supports her husband financially and is very loyal to him, which makes her mother-in-law and aunt by marriage very fond of her. As for the author Flora Nwapa, her writing nwpa is very stark. Views Read Edit View history. Rather than give women children, Uhamiri instead grants what she has: Well, it is better told than experienced.