The Arrow of God

by Chinua Achebe

KSh 690

Ezeulu, headstrong chief priest of the god Ulu, is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. But he is beginning to find his authority increasingly under threat – from his rivals in the tribe, from those in the white government and even from his own family. Yet he still feels he must be untouchable – surely he is an arrow in the bow of his God? Armed with this belief, he is prepared to lead his people, even if it means destruction and annihilation. Yet the people will not be so easily dominated.

Spare and powerful, Arrow of God is an unforgettable portrayal of the loss of faith, and the struggle between tradition and change. Continuing the epic saga of the community in Things Fall Apart, it is the second volume of Achebe’s African trilogy, and is followed by No Longer at Ease.



Author: Chinua Achebe
Country: Nigeria
Publisher: East African Educational Publishers
Size (mm): 128 x 196 x 22
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 181 grams
Language: English
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  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    LI Jake

    I prefer his “Things Fall Apart” more. Themetically, “Arrow of God” did not break the confinement for the previous novel. Also, structurally, Things Fall Apart is tighter. The number of the characters are just sufficient to make them round within the length of the novel. Arrow of God on the other hand leaves very limited space for many characters to fully develop into round characters.
    Given the fact that Chinua wrote Things Fall Apart earlier than Arrow of God. I dont think my experience would be the other way round even if i read Arrow of God first.

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Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor at Brown University and critic. He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which is the most widely read book in modern African literature. Raised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a “language of colonizers”, in African literature. In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist”.