The Bride Price tells the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo girl, and Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave. They are drawn. Complete summary of Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bride Price. First published in , this great literary classic follows a young Nigerian woman who rejects the patriarchal traditions of her culture to find love and happiness.

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The Bride Price Author: African Writers Series Heinemann Pages: First published by Allison and Busby in This edition published in But as Aku-nna approaches womanhood her ambitious uncle makes plans to marry her off for a high bride price.

Caught in a web of tradition, lust and greed, Aku-nna falls for the one young man she is forbidden to love. As with the Joys of MotherhoodBuchi Emecheta is concerned with the effect of the second World War on families of post-colonial Nigeria, particularly the Igbo people. The family suffers when their only source of income is no more and they have to re-locate to the village of Ibuza. Here, Aku-nna, her mother Ma Blackie and younger brother Nna-ando all come under the heavy-handed and often sly protection of her uncle Okonkwo who nurses the ambition of marrying Aku-nna off for a handsome bride-price.

But Chike wins her with his kindness, deep love and concern for her well-being. Perhaps, being an outcast, he finds much in common with the lonely and impressionable teen. But beyond the love story, lies the compelling story of young, intelligent, passionate, courageous and determined girl, bent on defying the traditions of her people, which sought to keep her chained to a mediocre present, and a future of nothingness. She marries her lover, Chike. But is she able to live happily ever after?

However and the onus is on howevertraditions that are detrimental to the well-being of women, that places barriers to the development of women ought to be done away with. Me thinks these barriers have taken too long in breaking.

The Bride Price is powerfully and poignantly written, compelling and passionate. I must say that I did not like how the story ended, though I empathized so much with Aku-nna and her lover and wanted them to soar above all their predicaments. May 30, at 7: May 31, at 5: May 30, at 8: I absolutely love your reviews.


Just like your poetry it flows.

I did not enjoy the spoiler at the end though. When I saw the title of the book I thought to myself that it was a good book. Please try and check this out. I will love to read your thoughts on it.

I seem to talk too much. May 31, at You write the best reviews they make me want to go out and get the book to read. No room for heavy books for a bit longer. May 31, at 6: I have seen a movie colour purple- it was a really scary portrayal of condition of African women!

You need to read this book, Trisha.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

May 31, at 7: I am glad you finally retrieved your novel from your friend. This is a very elaborated review. I have read the novel, and must say you are spot on.

Anyway… such is life. June 1, at 7: June 3, at June 6, at 3: The novel itself is so rich, but the ending is jarring. When I read this book I wondered if Emechta had adapted that pattern.

June 6, at 4: If I recall correctly it was the era of the melodramas. Perhaps to give credence to the power of the cultural beliefs. Or perhaps as a result of her malnutrition and loss of blood. April 6, at 4: In your review, you wrote: Unfortunately, women do not stand up for other women to the extent that they should!

Some days I feel we are making progress, and then slide backwards twice as much. Your voice is so important, Celestine! You are a strong voice for all women through your writing! April 7, at 9: Indeed, not to sound too cliched, women are our won enemies. We maltreat our maids and house-helps, look down on less fortunate women, and even at the workplace, you would expect the women bosses to put a humane face to the practice of human resource, but it is not so.


I could be generalizing of course, but form my own experience, I would agree wit you that yes women do not stand up for fellow women. July 29, at At that time it was the most interesting, captivating, impressive and heart-breaking novel I had read. The tragic ending of the book devastated me. I felt sad for days after reading it. I used to read it mainly at night with kerosene lantern because we did not have electricity but it was fun.

The book is well-narrated in uncomplicated and elegant English and is hard to put down once you start reading. Many thanks to the reviewer.

I will buy a copy of the book and try to make out time to read it again. February 8, at 5: Thank you so much John for your contribution. I apologise for briee long delay in responding to your comment.

The Bride Price had a similar effect on me after reading it. I felt so desolate and deeply troubled.

THE BRIDE PRICE – Buchi Emecheta

And with her death recently, perhaps, the power of her writing, and her ability to evoke so much passion and emotion in us her bcuhi, is the legacy she has left behind. May Buchi Emecheta rest in perfect peace. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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