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Book Review: The bride price

The first book I wrote was The Bride Price which was a romantic book, but my husband burnt the book when he saw it. I was the typical African woman, I’d done this privately, I wanted him to look at it, approve it and he said he wouldn’t read it

~Buchi Emecheta

So yesterday i decided to start reading this book while preparing dinner and may i tell you that i did not put it down until i was done reading around 1am. Someone had to take over the cooking and i hit my head on the wall while reading it on my way to the loo, yep it is that good! This 1976 novel by Buchie Emecheta is set in an Igbo village in Nigeria in the post-colonial era is most certainly, undoubtably a good read. There is something about reading African Literature that just enlightens you, enriches you…maybe it is just me. So the main character in this book is a girl called Aku-nna who is going from childhood to adulthood and is facing many difficulties, her father dying, her mother remarrying, the questions of whether she should continue with her education or not, bring accused of being an ogbanje among other things (i do not want to spoil it for you). The ending was bittersweet and not the typical happy endings which give a false sense of euphoria and for that i am eternally grateful. There is something about Emecheta’s writing which reminds me of Achebe and i am looking forward to reading more of her works which are lying in my library. I will give the book a 9/10 just to leave room for breathing, read it here but please mind walking into walls once you start!

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