I saw the sky catch fire

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The day before Ajuzia leaves for America, his grandmother spins a skein of tales, weaving a colorful, bawdy, powerfully evocative tapestry of Nigerian life.Wonderfully specific in its sense of place and the all-too-human people who inhabit it, I Saw the Sky Catch Fire captures a world of myth, magic, and gods in a novel which is as broad as it is deep.

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The struggles of women lie at the heart of Echewa's ( The Crippled Dancer ) remarkable new novel, a work that demonstrates the author's exceptional sensitivity to feminine issues. The narrative is composed mainly of stories told to Ajuziogu by his grandmother Nne-nne on the night before he leaves his Nigerian village for college in the U.S. Nne-nne echoes the role of Scheherazade, trying to hold back the dawn and her grandson's inevitable departure. Centering on a real event, the 1929 Women's War, in which the women of Nigeria revolted against the British rulers, Nne-nne's stories have an urgency and poignancy that forcefully propel the narrative. Eventually, the night ends and Ajuziogu departs for America, leaving Nne-nne, wife Stella and small child behind. Five years later, summoned by his dying grandmother, he finds his wife pregnant with another man's baby. Angry, his pride wounded, Ajuziogu intends to divorce Stella and return to America, but through the intercession of Nne-nne and his mother-in-law and through the resolve of Stella herself, a reconciliation is effected. Ajuziogu will remain in his village. Another women's war has been won.
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On the evening before he is to leave his wife, newborn daugther, and Nigerian village of Uzemba for an American college education, Ajuzia's grandmother tells him the story of how the battle of the sexes once escalated into a woman's war against the government of colonial Nigeria. Her anecdotes are intriguing and often comical--to punish a male transgressor, women gather in a group and sit on him--and the reader longs for more tales of women's strength (called Oha Ndom , "the Solidarity of Women"). In Part 2, the novel jumps back one year. Ajuzia meets and marries Stella and eventually leaves for America. Five years later, Ajuzia returns. His grandmother is dying and Stella is pregnant with another man's child. As Ajuzia and Stella resolve their conflicts, Nigerian-born Echewa shows how a changing society has substituted individuality for community and reveals the purpose of the grandmother's storytelling. A brief Igbo-English glossary is included. Recommended, especially for African and women's collections.
- Harold Au genbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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