The Concubine (novel)
|Publisher||Heinemann African Writers Series|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||'The Great Ponds'|
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". A critical study of the novel was written by Alatair Niven, who called it: "an example of how an absence of conscious sophistication or experimentation can result in a novel of classic simplicity.... Rooted firmly among the hunting and fishing villages of the Niger delta, The Concubine nevertheless possesses the timelessness and universality of a major novel."
- Eustace Palmer, "Elechi Amadi and Flora Nwapa", African Literarture Today, no. 1, 1969, p. 56.
- Eldred Jones, "African Literature 1966-1967", African Forum, vol. 3, no. 1, p.5.
- Alastair Niven, A Critical View on Elechi Amadi's "The Concubine" (London, 1981), p. 7.
- Elechi Amadi website, videos.
- East African Educational Publishers Ltd of Nairobi
- Heinemann Educational Books Ltd of London
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