In The Shadow Of War

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Published on February 23, 2010

Author: Nichole24

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In The Shadow Of WarBen Okri : In The Shadow Of WarBen Okri Why I Like This Story : Why I Like This Story I chose this story because I really enjoyed the imagery and plot. Most stories don’t catch my attention because they are dry. However, this one was very different from most stories I have read. Ben Okri understands the exact combination that is needed to keep the reader interested and on the edge of their seat through the whole story. Okri also adds humor to some of the characters, which is a favorite of a large amount of readers, including mine. The Plot : The Plot In The Shadow Of War By. Ben Okri takes place during the Nigerian Civil War which occurred between the years of 1967 and 1970. The story is about a boy named Omovo who lives with his father. The boy becomes fascinated and interested in a veiled woman who walks by his house at the same time everyday for 7 days. He notices 3 British soldiers who offer him money if he promises to report the woman to them when he sees her. They considered her to be a spy and an enemy and wanted to capture her. Omovo refused. When he saw the woman pass both Omovo and the soldiers followed her. The soldiers get to the woman before Omovo and they kill her. The Theme : The Theme I believe that this story relates to the theme of the unit. This is because the story is about a war for freedom and rights. Much like the rest of the unit and the stories within the unit. In The Shadow Of War is about Nigerian people wanting their freedom and wanting the war to be over. They are treated with disrespect and they are hurt. The story describes the war and how each party feels about it. My Favorite Details : My Favorite Details My favorite details would include the beginning of the story where Omovo and his father and enjoy their time with each other listening to the news. I thought that was a simple yet very expressive part of the story. Another example would be the forest scene. That would be my favorite. Ben Okri provided great imagery, I felt like I was actually in the forest with the characters. I could see everything that he described. The forest scene was a very important one and Okri did a great job with it. My Recommendation : My Recommendation I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a great way to educate about the Nigerian Civil War and how it effected people. Ben Okri expressed how the Nigerian people felt. Okri knew how to express details to their fullest. I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to read more stories by Ben Okri.

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