Chike and the River has ratings and 75 reviews. Orient said: Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains:D Miracle. Chike and the River is a sixty-page chapter book intended for middle readers with illustrations by Prue Theobalds. Chike, a Nigerian boy. “In Chike and the River, young readers get an intimate look at African life, learn about the Niger River, and connect with Chike as if he is their.

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Reading about a boy who grew up so very different from myself and thf if not all people around me was fascinating. It was creative how the author changed Chike’s dream into a nightmare then back to a great ending.

Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe

I do like the looks into Chike’s daily life and the culture he grew up in; Chike ended up being a very likeable protagonist. Feels odd to give a Chinua Achebe book only three stars, but it wasn’t like the rest of his works and that threw me off majorly.

Laced with elements of a parable, the story about year-old Chike trying to earn money for a trip across the River Niger is not charming or perilous enough to hold the attention hte most young people or adults. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix.

This story of a boy who does what he isn’t meant to but it all ends for the best doesn’t do it for me. Also by Chinua Achebe. He lived in the United States for several years in the s, and returned to the U. Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for anf criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist”. Return to Irver Page. Ashes in the Snow Movie Tie-In.


Chike needs a shilling to get across the Niger river and back. Aug 09, 96 Pages.

Chike and the River

I was actually really surprised while reading this how well it matched up with the stories and sentiments he told me: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Told like a fable it was a nice short read. His experience as a parent, however, showed him that he could not ignore Nigeria’s children. The tone of the book is rather juvenile, even nad a children’s story, and the ending ties up all loose ends rather chikr neatly for my likings.

The adventure begins as he figures a way to make the money, he then crosses the river only to miss the last ferry back home, and then he ends up in the back of a lorry for the night, which turns out to be a loading vehicle for robbers. Open Preview See a Problem? The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. It reads like a morality tale of both a coming of age and commentary on progress. A good book for two reasons: It was first published in by Cambridge University Press, with illustrations by Prue Theobalds, and was the first of several children’s stories Achebe would write.

As editor of the African Writers Series and director of external broadcasting at the Nigerian Broadcast Service where he founded the Voice of Nigeria, he was a major cultural leader.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Chike leaves his mother and his village of Umuofia to settle with his uncle in Onitsha where he would school. Inspired by Your Browsing History.


About Chike and the River The more Chike saw the ferry-boats the more he wanted to make the trip to Asaba. I really enjoyed the African art that was included in this book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jun 05, O rated it it was amazing.

The Los Angeles Times. As you probably guessed, Chike is a kid and the river symbolizes his struggle in life to overcome his fears, sneak peak into Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains: He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and cchike other books. Sep 06, Vi rated it liked it.

It is the story of a Nigerian boy called Chike who leaves his village, Umuofia, to go and ruver with his uncle in the big city of Onitsha.

With symbolism to adults and some funny and exciting adventure to kids. Please try again later. But behind the simple boyhood facade lies a deeper story. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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I think kids anywhere would like it. Refresh and try again. The Dragon Ridge Tombs. He has to leave his beloved small village and his family behind and live with his uncle in the city Onitsha, on the shores of the Niger River, so that he can continue his schooling. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a “language of colonizers”, in African literature.