Not Logged in.
Book Jacket
Under the Udala Trees
Raw, emotionally intelligent and unflinchingly honest--a triumph.
Summary and Reviews
Excerpt
Reading Guide

What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

Created: 08/26/16

Replies: 15

Posted Aug. 26, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

Join Date: 10/15/10

Posts: 1358

Expert

What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?


Posted Sep. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joyces

Join Date: 06/16/11

Posts: 397

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I learned a lot and found out how ignorant I am of life in much of the world. Had to do a bit of research to become familiar with what was happening in these people's lives. I think too often I forget the existence of about half the world and have no clue how they live.


Posted Sep. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
pamelad

Join Date: 06/11/11

Posts: 6

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

Unfortunately my family and I were living there at the time of the war and I am all too aware of what happened. My family was evacuated in 1967 and many of our Biafran friends lost their lives in the war. I thought that the author's portrayal of the war was quite real and it took me back to that time in my life. I have always read any book written about the war and this novel did not disappoint.


Posted Sep. 07, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
margott

Join Date: 10/12/11

Posts: 3

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I learned more than I ever understood before about the depth of tribalism even in present day Africa. I had no idea how divisive the feelings were and probably still are.


Posted Sep. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianaps

Join Date: 05/29/15

Posts: 203

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

This book educated me concerning Nigeria's civil war and has created an interest in learning more about the country.


Posted Sep. 09, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianeh

Join Date: 08/01/16

Posts: 13

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I learned a great deal about this time in history. I hate to admit that I was totally ignorant of the events of that time. I had heard about the Biafrans and, shame on me, did not try to educate myself about what was taking place.
This was one of the reasons I was so pleased to have received this book


Posted Sep. 09, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
reene

Join Date: 02/18/15

Posts: 247

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I learned how deeply embedded the feeling of hatred and prejudice extent into the different tribes. The bombings, the hunger left so many displaced. While I don't know if this war was a "Religious war", certainly religion played a part in the divisions among the tribes'


Posted Sep. 10, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jeant

Join Date: 06/16/11

Posts: 17

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I learned more about the war at the micro or human level, but there is still much I don't understand at the macro level, i.e., the origins of the war, how it was ended, and the immediate and lingering impacts on the Biafrans. I do feel motivated to learn much more on this subject.


Posted Sep. 10, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

Join Date: 10/15/10

Posts: 1358

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

You might find our "beyond the book" article for Half a Yellow Sun useful for a brief history of the Biafran conflict https://www.bookbrowse.com/mag/btb/index.cfm/book_number/1860/half-of-a-yellow-sun#btb - Davina, BB Editor


Posted Sep. 11, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jeant

Join Date: 06/16/11

Posts: 17

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

Thanks!


Posted Sep. 14, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
pennyp

Join Date: 03/22/12

Posts: 278

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I did learn a lot about both the country and the war. I am always fascinated about how tribalism is so prevalent in many countries today.


Posted Sep. 14, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
JAKL1

Join Date: 12/06/12

Posts: 55

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I am amazed of the little that I knew about the Nigeria's civil war. It saddens me to think that people go through these wars and suffer deeply.


Posted Sep. 16, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
arielf

Join Date: 04/22/11

Posts: 34

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I learned quite a lot about Nigeria and its politics. It made me sad thinking about all the lives lost because of the wars. I found the treatment of LGBT individuals shocking.


Posted Sep. 17, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ColoradoGirl

Join Date: 05/16/16

Posts: 22

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I agree with the other posters that I was quite unaware of the civil war, I don't think I have ever heard of Biafrans before. I think I should read more about this part of the world.


Posted Sep. 17, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
ritah

Join Date: 05/26/11

Posts: 38

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

It seemed a brief section of this particular novel to me. I admit to not knowing much about this war; I think all of the wars in Africa seem very distant and as they seem to be very tribal-oriented, I think they are easy to ignore. Although the book indicated an end to this particular conflict, I believe that things in Nigeria are not so wonderful today. I was told just about 5 years ago by a professor from Nigeria that it is completely unsafe for an American to go there. His exact words were, "You WILL be kidnapped." He said that even his visits there were dangerous and his family had to come to the hotel to visit him; he could not go to them because he had lived in the US for several years.


Posted Oct. 09, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
LindaB.

Join Date: 06/11/14

Posts: 61

Expert

RE: What did you learn about Nigeria's civil war from reading this novel?

I felt like I knew nothing about this civil war before reading the book. I want to read more diversely, which is why I requested this book, to be to learn more. Thank you, BookBrowse!


Reply

Please login to post a response.