Arrow of God Author:Chinua Achebe The struggle between tradition and modernity is a problem which knows no geographic boundaries; everyone must face the challenge presented by new styles of life to old established ways. This challenge is perhaps most acute in Africa, where the contact with the West has made immediate demands on cultures firmly tied to tradition. — In this novel, ... more »Africa's best-known writer describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son. Set in the Ibo heartland of Eastern Nigeria, Arrow of God has as its central figure a merry yet dignified chief priest who epitomizes the spirituality and ceremony of village life. When faced with the disintegration of the old order under the impact of the British colonial authority, he finds that his own authority and the allegiance of his son are stake as well. The subsequent collision of opposing forces makes tragedy inevitable.
Here, as in his other novel, A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe displays his extraordinary ability to speak for his country and its problems, writing in the unencumbered style for which he is known. Arrow of God won the New Statesman novel award in 1965.« less