Monday, May 14, 2012

The Great Ponds by Elechi Amadi

Heinemann paperback copy of The Great Ponds from 1976 
The Great Ponds is a short novel by Nigerian author Elechi Amadi, originally published in 1969. While lesser known among Nigerian writers of his generation that includes Chinua Achebe (author of Things Fall Apart, among other things), Amadi is just as good the others if not better. The Great Ponds is about the struggle between two villages over possession of a massive pond that sits in the middle of them. It is an engaging and wonderfully written story that focuses on tribal village life in Africa, and these two clans' epic battle for Wagaba pond. Featuring illustrations by Stanley Houghton throughout and an awesome cover photo that wreaks of the 1970's, The Great Ponds is a great read.

An illustrated scene from the novel showing a medicine man at work

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