I was interested in reading about the spread of Anglicanism from the tribe’s perspective. I’ve read many biographies that detail the missionary’s perspective when settling in a foreign land and learning about the culture and religion of the native people. But I’ve never read about the native person’s view of the “white man’s” religion.
Questions from Books@Random:
- Our own news media pre-programs us to view the kind of culture clash represented here as being purely racial in basis. Does Achebe’s work impress as being primarily concerned with black versus white tensions? If not, what else is going on here?
- Certain aspects of the clan’s religious practice, such as the mutilation of a dead child to prevent its spirit from returning, might impress us as being barbaric. Casting an honest eye on our own religious practices, which ones might appear barbaric or bizarre to an outsider?
- Okonkwo rejects his father’s way and is, in turn, rejected by Nwoye. Do you feel this pattern evolves inevitably through the nature of the father/son relationship? Or is there something more being here than mere generational conflict?