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Kehinde Revised Edition

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With her usual lucidity and in a lilting yet plain-spoken style, Emecheta ( Head Above Water ) tells of a woman's search for independence. Albert and Kehinde Okolo have been living in London for 18 years when Albert's sisters begin pressuring him to return to Nigeria. Kehinde resists the idea: their two children have never been to Nigeria and she has recently learned that she is pregnant. At Albert's insistence she has an abortion. Albert then leaves, and Kehinde remains behind to sell the house. After Albert sends for the children, Kehinde is lonely at first but manages on her own. Eventually, she begins to feel like a "half-person" without Albert, gives up her job and departs for Nigeria. On her arrival, she is horrified to learn that, during their two-year separation, Albert has taken a second wife. Kehinde decides to return to England and establish a life for herself there. Kehinde's troubled relationship to Albert and her children are parallelled in her recollections of a difficult childhood: Kehinde's twin was stillborn and her mother died at birth, prompting the family to believe that she had eaten her sister. It's a story that she at first accepts, but as she becomes her own woman she rejects its superstitious quality.
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YA-After living in London for many years, Kehinde's husband Albert decides that they will return to Nigeria. He strongly urges her to abort the baby she is carrying, and she does so with great apprehension. He takes their two children and leaves her to sell the house and tie up loose ends at her prestigious bank job. He then returns to their homeland, where he takes a new young wife and has a child by her. When Kehinde arrives in Nigeria and discovers the truth, she is pressured by her own and Albert's female relatives to play the role of the subservient wife. Her sense of reason wins out, and readers will applaud her decisions at the end of this short, honest novel.
Ginny Ryder, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc; Revised edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577664191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577664192
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this novel of culture clash and the burden of tradition perpetuated on and by women, Kehinde and her husband Albert are poised to return to Nigeria from London, their home for 16 years. Reluctant to leave her job and relinquish the independence she has come to treasure, Kehinde convinces herself she will respected at home as a "been there" woman.

But, she discovers, in Nigeria she is only a woman, and a discarded wife at that. Her husband has taken a second wife, an educated professional who has given him a son and shows him the respect he feels is his due.

This slim, deceptively simple novel is rich in complexity. Emecheta effectively portrays the smothering feel of the extended family for Kehinde while showing how the second wife, unspoiled by Western culture, borrows strength and power from it when she is weak. Kehinde's strength must come from inside herself and, in Nigeria, that will never be possible.

Emecheta, a British immigrant with numerous novels to her credit, celebrates personal fulfillment, with a distinctly feminist cast.
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Buchi Emecheta's novel captures attention from the very first page and it is most likely that any reader of post-colonial fiction will see the last page in just one go. Apart from Emecheta's mastery in reflecting the experiences of a Nigerian woman living in London in the 1960s and 1970s, what appeals to the reader is the delicate sense of what Homi Bhabha calls "hybridity" that is professionally placed within the texture of the narrative. The Nigerian and the English worlds come together in the novel. For my part, I believe that "Kehinde" can well be read as a novel reflecting the cross-cultural adaptation of a Nigerian woman, who can no longer accept the values and the traditional social structures of her country of origin. Neither does she readily assimilate into the English culture. Rather she reconciles the two cultures. This is the story of how a bicultural identity is formed. Once Kehinde tastes freedom, then she can't be expected to accept marital slavery again. This is what her new identity requires and she finds spiritual balance and reconciliation in following the urges of her new bicultural self.
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By Mary on September 24, 2012
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I just finished reading this book and I seriously liked it. It is Buchi Emecheta's third novel I am reading so far, and I am so sure I am going to read more of her books and I hope to get to read all of them. She is so talented, I love her writings, she is a 5 stars writer, one of the best (if not the best) African writer and story teller of all times. I have officially proclaimed myself her fan. I have read The Joys of Motherhood, 1979, by Buchi Emecheta ***** and Second-Class Citizen, 1974, Buchi Emecheta *****, I loved and enjoyed them thoroughly they are all 5 Stars book. Please visit [...] to read more
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By Van on November 8, 2006
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Kehinde is an interesting novel. Its many non-western characteristics allow the reader to become aware of a an entirely different society than their own. This book is relatively short and easy to read, and serves as a good time-filler during breaks. It's worth taking a look at.
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The book conveys a high sense of African literature without any comprise with mediocrity or laxity. The author penned a literary work that should be read by all the people interested in African literature.
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