By Okey Ndibe
This debut novel from the writer of the strong, universally acclaimed overseas Gods, Inc. appears to be like at a woman’s drowning and the consequent research in an rising African nation.
In the rustic of Madia (based partly on Ndibe’s local Nigeria) a tender prostitute runs into the ocean and drowns. The final guy who spoke to her, the “madman” Bukuru, is requested to account for her final moments. whilst his testimony implicates the Madian militia, Bukuru is arrested and charged along with her demise. on the first day of trial, Bukuru, appearing as his personal legal professional, counters those fees with allegations of his personal, talking not just of presidency complicity in a sequence of violent attacks and killings, yet telling the court docket that the president of Madia himself is accountable of rape and homicide. The incident is hushed up, and Bukuru is distributed again to legal, the place he'll most probably meet his finish. yet a tender journalist manages to go to him, and jointly they trip via many years of background that light up Bukuru’s existence, and that of the complete state. A courageous and robust paintings of fiction, Arrows of Rain is a superb dramatization of the advanced components in the back of the near-collapse of a country from probably the most interesting novelists writing this day.
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It is mostly empty, and reminiscent of a butler going about daily tasks in a household where all the children have left. The driver, behind the smeared front window, is holding the controls with stiff, unmoving arms, while a conductor waits at the open back corner of the tram, a ticket machine strapped to his chest like a tiny accordion. The tram does not stop. Nobody gets on or off. But when it has passed, the stretch of promenade is no longer empty. A little girl is standing there. She has long, dirty-blonde hair, pulled into rough bunches that rest to either side on her tiny shoulders.
The night was young, after all, and fuck it – if you couldn’t get drunk on the day you find out you’re going to be a father, when could you? I was heading through to the kitchen to explore that question more thoroughly when my phone rang. It was the landline: chirruping away in the corner by the bed. It surprised me; I’d almost forgotten it was there. Nobody ever called on it. My friends were all texters or emailers. I put the empty glass down by the computer and walked over. ’ ‘Hello. ’ It was a woman’s voice, but not Ally.
He began writing. So I’d never been worried. And there was no reason to be worried now. Marsha was just being melodramatic. Despite the vague niggling feeling in my chest, I kept telling myself that, as I sat on the bed and listened. My father hadn’t been in touch about a new contract, she said, and he wasn’t answering his phone or returning her calls, and that was so unlike him. Which wasn’t true. In fact, from everything she said, it sounded like Dad had been behaving very much like Dad. ‘I’m sure he’s okay, Marsha.
Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe