Beautiful Feathers

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Beautiful Feathers ➵ [Reading] ➷ Beautiful Feathers By Cyprian Ekwensi ➪ – Polishdarling.co.uk From the back cover However famous a man is outside, if he is not respected inside his own home, he is like a bid with beautiful feathers, wonderful on the outside but ordinary within So runs the Ibo From the back cover However famous a man is outside, if he is not respected inside his own home, he is like a bid with Beautiful Feathers, wonderful on the outside but ordinary within So runs the Ibo proverb which provides the theme for Cyprian Ekwensi s novel Wilson Iyari, the leader of the Nigerian movement for African and Malagasy Solidarity, commands the respect of the masses with the leadres of African thought, his name has significance But inside his home he has no authority He is disregarded, then deserted by his own wife While he pursues his desire for African and Malagasy solidarity, his home life is crumbling and he cannot concentrate on running his business the Independence Pharmacy Wilson does not come to terms with himself until he discovers that the unity is a complex of the judicious and proper, the overlooked and forgotten, the tolerated and rejected.


10 thoughts on “Beautiful Feathers

  1. Nathaniel Nathaniel says:

    Ekwensi was a prolific author, churning out nearly a book each year around the time that Beautiful Feathers was published He was also something of an establishment figure, judging by the fact that he was the Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Information creepy It doesn t matter which period of Nigerian history you look at that ministry was a government mouthpiece and Ekwensi sprogressive contemporaries would be in serious trouble for articulating viewpoints that opp Ekwensi was a prolific author, churning out nearly a book each year around the time that Beautiful Feathers was published He was also something of an establishment figure, judging by the fact that he was the Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Information creepy It doesn t matter which period of Nigerian history you look at that ministry was a government mouthpiece and Ekwensi sprogressive contemporaries would be in serious trouble for articulating viewpoints that opposed its proclamations.His success, prominence and productivity may be behind the benign, jogging trot of Beautiful Feathers It feels like Ekwensi neither labored over the language of this book nor over its construction Instead, he seems to rely upon autobiographical material and a pedantic proverbs come true brand of we told you so inevitability I didn t understand how anyone could write a book about Lagos that would be so toothless and without color until I looked into Ekwensi s professional history and I may not be judging him fairly after all, I was fairly charitable towards Burning Grass But that novel was set in the countryside, shed light on an alluring group of nomads and had no reason to engage with politics Beautiful Feathers is ostensibly about politics and Lagos but it is not substantively about either thing It is just about a man who balances his family and professional lives poorly Various figures give him advice and understand him better than he understands himself and nothing really happens In all, there aren t many reasons to read this book


  2. Lukerik Lukerik says:

    If it was Easter Day on lock down and this was the only book in the house it would pass a few hours, but if you have a second book, for God s sake read that This one is a car crash.Our hero is a chap called Wilson He takes pride running his business, the Independence Pharmacy, but neglects Yaniya, his wife Will Yaniya leave him Will Wilson have to learn to cook for himself The political metaphor is delivered with such sledge hammer subtlety that even I grasped it Wilson is the Nigerian stat If it was Easter Day on lock down and this was the only book in the house it would pass a few hours, but if you have a second book, for God s sake read that This one is a car crash.Our hero is a chap called Wilson He takes pride running his business, the Independence Pharmacy, but neglects Yaniya, his wife Will Yaniya leave him Will Wilson have to learn to cook for himself The political metaphor is delivered with such sledge hammer subtlety that even I grasped it Wilson is the Nigerian state and Yaniya is the people We d be heading into allegorical territory were the fabric of it not torn You see, Wilson is also a politician, so we have a situation where the character is both a metaphor and the thing itself You can t have it both ways, but the whole novel is full of forced situations, unbelievable coincidences and factual inconsistencies Yaniya too sits uncomfortably in her assigned metaphor Take chapter 4 and the conversation between she and her boyfriend Who talks like that I actually wondered if Ekwensi had ever had a conversation with another human being.I m going to struggle to convey to you just how bad it is I just wanted to shut Ekwensi up for his own good, but he just went on and on, making it worse for himself Incompetence is one thing, but he also betrays some rather unpleasant social attitudes along the way The whole thing reads like it was written by a randy 15 year old boy, every woman repeatedly described in sexual terms You think I m exagerating Here s one of the best The roots of her breasts sapling stems of sucklement buried their thickness in two hefty ridges Her bosom seemed to be divided into those two roots and nothing , tossing up the lower edge of her blowse so that the midriff stood revealed See Sapling stems of sucklement , folks I ve taken one for the team reading this


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10 thoughts on “Beautiful Feathers

  1. Nathaniel Nathaniel says:

    Ekwensi was a prolific author, churning out nearly a book each year around the time that Beautiful Feathers was published He was also something of an establishment figure, judging by the fact that he was the Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Information creepy It doesn t matter which period of Nigerian history you look at that ministry was a government mouthpiece and Ekwensi sprogressive contemporaries would be in serious trouble for articulating viewpoints that opp Ekwensi was a prolific author, churning out nearly a book each year around the time that Beautiful Feathers was published He was also something of an establishment figure, judging by the fact that he was the Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Information creepy It doesn t matter which period of Nigerian history you look at that ministry was a government mouthpiece and Ekwensi sprogressive contemporaries would be in serious trouble for articulating viewpoints that opposed its proclamations.His success, prominence and productivity may be behind the benign, jogging trot of Beautiful Feathers It feels like Ekwensi neither labored over the language of this book nor over its construction Instead, he seems to rely upon autobiographical material and a pedantic proverbs come true brand of we told you so inevitability I didn t understand how anyone could write a book about Lagos that would be so toothless and without color until I looked into Ekwensi s professional history and I may not be judging him fairly after all, I was fairly charitable towards Burning Grass But that novel was set in the countryside, shed light on an alluring group of nomads and had no reason to engage with politics Beautiful Feathers is ostensibly about politics and Lagos but it is not substantively about either thing It is just about a man who balances his family and professional lives poorly Various figures give him advice and understand him better than he understands himself and nothing really happens In all, there aren t many reasons to read this book


  2. Lukerik Lukerik says:

    If it was Easter Day on lock down and this was the only book in the house it would pass a few hours, but if you have a second book, for God s sake read that This one is a car crash.Our hero is a chap called Wilson He takes pride running his business, the Independence Pharmacy, but neglects Yaniya, his wife Will Yaniya leave him Will Wilson have to learn to cook for himself The political metaphor is delivered with such sledge hammer subtlety that even I grasped it Wilson is the Nigerian stat If it was Easter Day on lock down and this was the only book in the house it would pass a few hours, but if you have a second book, for God s sake read that This one is a car crash.Our hero is a chap called Wilson He takes pride running his business, the Independence Pharmacy, but neglects Yaniya, his wife Will Yaniya leave him Will Wilson have to learn to cook for himself The political metaphor is delivered with such sledge hammer subtlety that even I grasped it Wilson is the Nigerian state and Yaniya is the people We d be heading into allegorical territory were the fabric of it not torn You see, Wilson is also a politician, so we have a situation where the character is both a metaphor and the thing itself You can t have it both ways, but the whole novel is full of forced situations, unbelievable coincidences and factual inconsistencies Yaniya too sits uncomfortably in her assigned metaphor Take chapter 4 and the conversation between she and her boyfriend Who talks like that I actually wondered if Ekwensi had ever had a conversation with another human being.I m going to struggle to convey to you just how bad it is I just wanted to shut Ekwensi up for his own good, but he just went on and on, making it worse for himself Incompetence is one thing, but he also betrays some rather unpleasant social attitudes along the way The whole thing reads like it was written by a randy 15 year old boy, every woman repeatedly described in sexual terms You think I m exagerating Here s one of the best The roots of her breasts sapling stems of sucklement buried their thickness in two hefty ridges Her bosom seemed to be divided into those two roots and nothing , tossing up the lower edge of her blowse so that the midriff stood revealed See Sapling stems of sucklement , folks I ve taken one for the team reading this


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