Set in a remote village in Eastern Nigeria, an area yet to be affected by European values and where society is orderly and predictable, the story concerns a woman "of great beauty and dignity" who inadvertently brings suffering and death to all her lovers. The novel portrays a society still ruled by traditional gods, offering a glimpse into the human relationships that such a society creates. On its publication in London by Heinemann Educational Books, The Concubine was hailed as a "most accomplished first performance" and "an outstanding work of pure fiction". Rooted firmly among the hunting and fishing villages of the Niger delta, The Concubine nevertheless possesses the timelessness and universality of a major novel. The Concubine has been made into a film, written by Elechi Amadi and directed by Nollywood director Andy Amenechi ; the film was premiered in Abuja in March From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Concubine by Elechi Amadi. The Concubine by Elechi Amadi. 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 and jealousy, a love potion and the closeness of the spirit world are important factors. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 13th by Longman Publishing Group first published More Details Original Title.
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See all 20 questions about The Concubine…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Concubine. Aug 16, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction.
I really enjoyed this book. I very much liked the two major characters and SO wanted them to be happy! For me, this book is a glimpse into a culture that is not familiar and I enjoyed that as well. The humor of the book is, however, universal--as is the tragedy. At the end, I couldn't help thinking about human beings' relationships with our deities.
Gods get to do what they want precisely because they are gods. If we don't forgive them for what they do as if they care , we must, at least, accep I really enjoyed this book. If we don't forgive them for what they do as if they care , we must, at least, accept it. Amadi gave me a new way to think about selfish and greedy people. Speaking of a greedy person, a character says this: "Like the hunter who was never satisfied with antelopes, he might be obliged to carry an elephant home one day and collapse under the weight.
Well, maybe this is what Scrooge learned on Christmas Eve. View all 8 comments. Aug 18, Nnedi rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this. The plot meanders and so does the point of view.
But that's the beauty of it. It's a nice slice-of-precolonial-Igbo-life story. It's frank example, it's normal for men to beat their wives and this is spoken of without judgement Puh-lease , yet loving you can tell that the author is proud of his culture, bumps, scars and all.
It's refreshing to not see any Europeans sneak in to disrupt things, haha. And it's a really interesting read when yo I really enjoyed this. And it's a really interesting read when you consider the interplay of cultural and traditional beliefs and destiny and free will and deities. Was Iheoma so lovely because she quietly suffered? Why was she not allowed happiness? My only issue was with the title. Why is this novel called The Concubine when there are no concubines?
Still, it's a great classic Nigerian novel. View all 6 comments. Feb 03, Jerome Kuseh rated it it was amazing Shelves: african. One of my favourite books. This book is a masterpiece. 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.
Highly recommended. Jun 05, Esther Neema Mumo rated it it was amazing. A book that took my attention all the way to the end. It was amazing. It introduced me to loving African literature.
I loooooooved it :. View all 4 comments. Sep 26, Madolyn Chukwu rated it it was amazing. What a wonderful lady Ihuoma is in this book! Despite the fact that she is rustic and illiterate in the western sense - and never mind the idea that she is the woman of a 'god' - she is such a lovely woman.
Not only is she very beautiful, but she is so well behaved and courteous. Even when her potential second father in law sort of disrespects her, she is still as dignified as ever and courteous. It is no wonder that so many men were crazy over her, again never minding the fact that she alre What a wonderful lady Ihuoma is in this book!
It is no wonder that so many men were crazy over her, again never minding the fact that she already had children.
The author is so good that all he depicts is convincing, including of course the portrait of charming Ihuoma. Mar 21, Eva rated it really liked it. Tragic seems to be intertwined in Ihuoma's life.
She doesn't even know her story till Anyika the powerful medicine man mentions it. The spirit world is after her every lover. The jealousy of her husband the Sea-King won't let his wife enjoy the love life. When I finished reading this book I was really hoping there would have been a part 2 as suspense makes one guess what could have happened after Ekwueme's death.
This book explores traditions, be Tragic seems to be intertwined in Ihuoma's life. This book explores traditions, beliefs, gender roles, love and culture in an African setting with a twist of conspiracy, jealousy, greed, hatred and liberation.
View 2 comments. Jun 17, Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it. I wanted to read this book because of one thing: It's a production of the African Writers Series. 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 "Would you agree to be a concubine instead of someone's wife? 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.
It's a great read and I'd read it again, 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. View all 3 comments. Apr 24, Chioma Bethel rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned-books , my-collection , read-years-ago.
Nigeria's Elechi Amadi, author of The Concubine, dies