Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow, has the admiration of the entire community in which she lives, and especially of the hunter Ekwueme. But their passion is fated . The Concubine by Elechi Amadi The concubine is a fictitious novel by Nigerian author Elechi Amadi. The novel was first published in after which the author . The Concubine by Elechi Amadi centres round the year old Ihuoma, a beautiful, gentle and charming woman whose personality is second.

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Jun 07, Curry rated it it was amazing. Expectedly, the answer is no. My husband loves this book. His portrayal of the African village way of life is second to none. The Language of Postcolonial Literatures: You trust the medicine man, because he is the authority in this place, and somehow that makes for quite a magical experience.

It is lyrical, written with a profound sense of understatement that reflects the simple life of pre-colonial Africa. I really enjoyed this. She however refuses his advances, resulting in Madume harassing her. The dream shatters in a moment when Ekwueme is killed and Ihuouma remains as lonely as ever. Emenike, Ihuoma’s husband has just had a scuffle with Madume over a land dispute.

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The Concubine by Elechi Amadi, Book Review

Everyone seems to find her praiseworthy due to all these traits, but little is known to them about the loneliness she has to fight constanly, each and every moment. The Concubine Elechi Amadi No preview available – Kate Moyo how can l down load a cop?


After all, life is too serious an experience not to elschi some moment for pleasure. Dec 17, Lunga rated it it was amazing.

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi

As someone who is familiar with this culture, I especially enjoyed Amadi’s use of proverbs, colloquialisms, and idioms to masterfully capture the essence of the Ikwere language. Ihuouma is ill fated and loses her husband prematurely. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Preview — The Concubine by Elechi Amadi. Though I read it too long ago to write a proper review, I can remember enjoying this tragic tale of a woman who’s married in the spiritual realm, thus any man who marries her is doomed to ruin from the vengeance of her spiritual husband.

Talib Limited preview – Finally, the young man is successfully married to Ahurole. Ekwueme’s passion for Ihuoma, and the conflict between their love and the traditions and conventions of the society they inhabit, creates much of the concubihe in the novel. Wigwe along with his wife, Adaku, will not stop there. Learn how your comment data is processed. Quite naturally, the rumour has spread that Emenike could not have died naturally; that Madume must definitely have killed his enemy with the use amdai juju.

Wakiri and Ekwueme come to her aid. Ihuoma’s displays of grace and composure in trying circumstances are moving. All efforts to make him come down from the tree proved futile until he starts to mumble Ihuoma’s name. The mother is indeed persistent and she goes to Chiolu where she gets the love potion.

Ekwueme’s passion for Ihuoma, and the conflict between their love and the tradit This is a beautifully written and engaging story with interesting characters. It’s a great read and I’d read it ellechi, because it dwells on aspects of culture and customs of people in Nigeria and it’s well told- you just can’t put this down.


I loved the narration and how events unfold slowly all the way to the end where you understand why Ihuoma’s male admirers die very mysterious deaths. The Concubine by Elechi Amadi centres round the year old Ihuoma, a beautiful, gentle and charming woman whose personality is second to amasi in the entire village of Omokachi and its environ. Most shocking is the dibia’s divination.

For me, the writing style detracted from the story because you always felt you were skimming the surface and never going deep. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Effective and judicious in his diction, Amadi paints a vivid depiction of life in this bygone era, rich and replete with customs, folklore, and perspectives that reflect a slowly fading reality. But unknown to Nnadi, Ekwe eelchi he is fondly called by many, is interested in the widow. An Amazing African literature set in the eastern part of Nigeria before the colonial era. Amadioha will kill them one by one. Refresh and try again. Still, it’s a great classic Nigerian novel. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Sep 01, Timendu rated it really liked it. Feb 09, Yewande Akeredolu rated it liked it.

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