Arrows of Rain

Arrows of Rain An exposition of the raw side of human emotions as explored through one man s tormented life s experiences It seeks to expose the fallacies of the human condition while remaining real in its depiction

  • Title: Arrows of Rain
  • Author: Okey Ndibe
  • ISBN: 9780435906573
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exposition of the raw side of human emotions as explored through one man s tormented life s experiences It seeks to expose the fallacies of the human condition while remaining real in its depiction of universal problems inflicted on postcolonial Africa.

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    About “Okey Ndibe

    • Okey Ndibe

      Okey Ndibe teaches African and African Diaspora literatures at Brown University He earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos as a Fulbright scholar He is the author of Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc He has served on the editorial board of Hartford Courant where his essays won national and state awards He lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.

    493 thoughts on “Arrows of Rain

    • Wow, I'm not even sure what to say. This is the first book I've read by a Nigerian author. I know, I should read Things Fall Apart, and I will. Okey Ndibe's writing style is different from what I normally read. He is very direct and to the point in his statements but the story itself unravels in layers. Arrows of Rain gives a look into the culture of Madians in Postcolonial Africa. I know nothing about the history or culture of postcolonial Africa and I found this depiction to be fascinating and [...]


    • A deeply haunting and powerful book that explores the corruption and terror still prevalent in the world today. Arrows of Rain follows a similar path of Kafka's The Trial and Camus' The Stranger, but it certainly does not sit in the shadows of those books. Rich in culture and politics, Arrows of Rain hits hard where other books have fallen short. It's a riveting, disturbing, and flawless read that leaves the reader in awe of the beauty of language and the sadness of life. Ndibe's debut novel is [...]


    • I first read this novel about six years ago and at the end I remember thinking ‘Wow’. Re-reading it now and being prepared for the twist, I was still like ‘Wow’. Such is the power of a good novel. Arrows of Rain is beautifully written and examines the pain and sorrow of not only individuals facing the truth of who they really are but also of a nation on the verge of collapse. Although a familiar tale of post-colonial African corruption in all its ugly forms, there is something quite uniq [...]


    • Another strong showing from Ndibe.Somehow less gut-wrenching than Foreign Gods Inc but dealing with similar themes of fear and betrayal. The same healthy cynicism towards institutions is here, countered by dignified treatment of individuals, even the villains. I read this very quickly and enjoyed every minute of it.


    • This was a good book! The only reason it didn't get a 5 star is because I didn't like the ending. I was hooked from chapter one and couldn't wait for justice to be served. The characters were well developed and interesting. Their stories pulled my heartstrings and made me long for justice even more. But imagine how disappointed I was when I got to the end. One thing I loved most about the book was the use of idioms. I love African authors for this! Will I recommend this book? Definitely! But don [...]


    • Arrows of Rain was one of the saddest books I have ever read. Okey Ndibe brings the reader right into the story when a homeless man, Bukuru, who lives on B. Beach, hears the screams of a prostitute who has been savagely raped by many men and left for dead. After the army men get back into their trucks and drive away, Bukuru then runs over to help the woman. When she sees him, she runs into the ocean in fear and drowns.The police come and Bukuru is taken away as a prisoner, for he is accused of r [...]


    • Ndibe’s Arrows of Rain is definitely one which doesn’t beg to be read. Starting off along the roads of witticism, the story delivers its heart, quietly absorbing a reader’s mind—my mind into following, curiously, how a man’s attempt to defend himself from the law leads him to face and then unravel the atrocities committed within the boundaries of the same law he had so duly run from, and subsequently, into a discovery of his own interest.All I can say after reading this book is that Ok [...]


    • There are a number of stories like this one in African literature. The theme of African dictators is one I'm quite tired of. That part of the story was not very interesting, or new. The depiction of prostitution, on the other hand, was somewhat interesting. However, the role of the prostitute as a redeemed figure of sorts is also rather cliche. It could be that I have read this book rather late, when these topics are passe.




    • The book features a male journalist narrator who tells a prostitute's (Iyese) story. Public rape by the military and by the president are events that an individual cannot fight. I appreciated the portrayal of the prostitute becoming a prostitute; it was humanizing. The complexity of the narrator was refreshing. While it was disheartening that he could not stand up and do the right thing (claim his paternity and marry his love), it was refreshing not to have a fairy tale ending. This book would p [...]


    • The gripping story of the "madman" Bukuru and the encounters of his previous life which forced him to go into hiding, but at what cost? the author's narrative style is gripping of the newly independent state from colonialism that descends into a military state. I think the story is based on the rule of General Sani Abacha and his military rule - I could be wrong. Each character is the story is well developed which feeds into the whole story. Overall, a very good story and I thoroughly enjoyed it [...]


    • For a first novel, Ndibe did exceptionally well. This is a well written story and i am now inclined to look for other titles by the same author.The story line picked and flowed from the beginning to the end.I feel the end could have been better, then again that is what suspense is all about.Just like a movie, one could create many alternate endings


    • Liked this way more than I'd expected. Quick read that is both funny and introspective. And some twists/revelations that you don't see coming. Glad I picked it after staying on my shelf for 3 whole years!


    • A low 3, high 2. *Spoilers ahead*Ok. Let's lay the groundwork of the review now. This man is obviously a talented writer. The descriptions have fire, the narrative is coherent and has significant depth to it, and the characters are well thought out. The first half of this book enthralled me, but I experienced significant problems with the text as I advanced from there towards the end. I suspect that many of those problems are actually due to cultural differences between the author and myself, on [...]


    • 3.75. I thought it would be a political thriller when I bought it but thankfully it was about colonialism and misogyny as well. Fun surprise.


    • The beginning of the story starts with a bang, a case to follow, questions are raised and there’s a mystery to follow, a truth that seeks to be found. This just moves the story forward at a good pace and is worth following. The plot! Ndibe did well, I have to say. All the events are so well connected, cohesive, interesting and entertaining. There’s nothing in his sketching of reality that is incomprehensible, all the information he throws at us is at good doses and he never digresses. There [...]


    • Stories never forgive silence.Arrows of Rainis a story set in the fictional country of Madia from 1960 or so to 1988. The country is meant to represent Nigeria at that time, though the historical events are still largely the same, with independence followed a corrupt civilian government and finally, a military coup. The story begins with Femi, a reporter, visiting the crime scene of a woman who had run into the ocean and drowned. The prime suspect is a mad man on the beach of B. Beach (meant to [...]


    • Okey Ndibe is an absolutely astonishing human being whose mere presence fills whatever space he is in. Having met him twice I can attest to this. His ability to take a simple truth, that there is no excuse for our silence, and turn it into such a riveting story is why 'Arrows Of Rain' is one of my favorite novels. Reading this novel I was very much reminded of Okey Ndibe as a person, as he is one who lends his mouth and his words to stories that need to be spoken about. I will try to continue wi [...]


    • This was a very poor book for me. I think Ndibe tried way too hard to cover many topics all at once-- a country's corruption, a coward's conundrum and a reporter's epiphany. Eventually, it tells too blandly, without a single atom of suspense at all, just a seemingly endless telling and retelling of torrents of back stories and a few characters that end up having no core relevance to the main plot.


    • This book gave surprising revelations of the life a prostitute in Nigeria. It made me shudder at what they go through in the dark alleys at night.It is a really dangerous profession. The book is humourous even though it adresses serious social issues about authority and their abuse of power.


    • This is written by a friend/professor at Trinity College/Hartford. He is a fantastic journalist as well. He has helped me understand Nigeria. This novel gives a searing insider's view of how the press works there.


    • "Each evening, when the sun goes west to rest and darkness falls, many people yield to the body's sweet summons to sleep." How could you not love a book with such lovely turns of phrase? Truly phenomenal fiction.


    • I didn't like the "frame" of the story so much, but loved the ideas and story and writing enough to still give it five stars.







    • Weighty tale of brokenness, corruption, and discovering who we are. Leaves more questions than answers.


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