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I Saw the Sky Catch Fire

Echewa, T. Obinkaram

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ISBN 10: 0452269490 / ISBN 13: 9780452269491
Published by A Plume Book, 1993
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First Plume Printing, February, 1993. Size: 5 1/4" x 8" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 011598

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Title: I Saw the Sky Catch Fire

Publisher: A Plume Book

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Soft

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Thus.

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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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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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