Cyprian Ekwensi, Jagua Nana. (New York: Fawcett Premier Book, ), Pages. A Book Review By Ozodi Osuji Yesterday, July 26, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Jagua Nana is a tale of life in Lagos in the early s. It is about a woman caught between true love and the need to fend for herself by any . Jagua Nana [Cyprian Ekwensi] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bold, moving, entertaining and controversial, this is the great novel of.

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Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi. Tells the story of Jagua Nana, an ageing high-lifer and habitue of the seedy club Tropicana, which is an evocation of the chaos and intensive life of Lagos. Paperbackpages. Published October 8th by Heinemann Educational Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Dec 08, Mena rated it really liked it. This sure wasn’t Chinua Achebe. Ekwensi’s kind of scandalous, but in a really great way – Jagua Nana is an incredible character: Lagos was pretty crazy in the 60s, apparently not that that’s changed and although the story was pretty intense, it had a number of humorous and poignant moments especially its ending. Such a hidden gem of Nigerian literature. Jagua Nana is an unforgettable character. As usual I celebrate serendipitous co-readings. I have just finished three novels about displacement, countries in transition, and how human relationships change in such times.

One set in Nigeria in the s Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensione in the contemporary Czech Republic Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar and one in an unnamed country [Note, I’m going to publish this same review for all three novels discussed, because reading them in parallel helped me understand them more deeply.

Each novel is also at least in part a road trip; they contain one or more journeys of varying length and means of transit, from lorry and canoe to spaceship and motorcycle to science fiction doorways. Each book ends with a return to childhood home, but in very different ways. I enjoyed each of them, and appreciate their very different styles and atmospheres. I would have jagja say that Hamid’s is the most accomplished.

I can’t make an informed judgement about Ekwensi. He writes in a fairly simple style, with his points spelled out, but this may be a purposeful decision that draws on traditional storytelling methods. As his protagonist is a relatively magua woman driven by her passions, this works pretty well. Kalfar has good control of his novel until the last twenty or thirty pages, when as a first-time novelist he tries to cram in four novels worth of overwrought philosophizing in the form of endless questions; he was perhaps poorly served by an editor who didn’t rein him in.


I imagine he’ll cringe when remembering these pages in future years, because he does have a lot of promise and I look forward to more from him. Of the three, he is the one who I will be most likely to choose more of, once it arrives. Hamid is extensively reviewed so Hagua not going to say much here, other than I was surprised by his rather optimistic story.

It is a reminder that there are still many good people trying to do good things, and that we are a creative species. In the end, though, it was not a book I would press on people, saying ‘you have to read this. It offers a lyrical reading of the subtle changes in that relationship, and is also optimistic about how two nxna people can develop and care for a deep love. Published inJagua Nana is about jauga newly independent Nigeria trying to establish self-government. This bana told through the eyes of a woman who has moved from rural Nigeria to Lagos in search of intensity: She ends up living on men, although she also falls for a young teacher struggling to climb upwards via an education in England.

Eventually two of her lovers enter a deadly struggle for election to the Lagos Council. In the middle of the novel she travels back to the countryside in a gesture meant to capture the young teacher.

There, she manages to reconcile two warring factions using her sexual allure. Back in Lagos, however, she fails in trying to reconcile the two candidates. Modernity has driven men to a level of lust for power and money that cannot be constructively solved. Ekwensi is successful in conveying her outsized sexuality and its effect, and also in portraying a wide variety of Lagos and country men: He made a good literary choice in deciding to portray this struggle from the view of a woman driven by short term and self-interested goals, who is largely immune to the issues the men are in conflict over.

In the end, though, she is captured by tradition and must go home to care for her aging mother. Against her will, she finds some peace but is still driven by her obsession with activity and change.

We leave her a bit more mature, but uncertain whether her passions will again overwhelm her sense. We have no doubt that Lagos is in trouble. I don’t want to say too much about the plot of Spaceman of Bohemiabecause it is much more dependent on its plot than is Jagua. But there are plenty of ideas as well, many circulating around the experience of the Czechs under the Russians. Again there is a careful examination of a developing relationship, between the astronaut and his wife.

The outcome is different but feels as complete and natural as in Exit West. Kalfur handles the parallels between his spaceman’s situation and that of the religious reformer and martyr?

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Jan Hus well; it underlines the importance of Czech history and the consequences of our decisions that are depicted throughout the novel. It jaggua feel forced until the very end, when the similarity of what is decided makes sense, but the prose about it is a bit much. Or do they always corrupt; are we better off on the land? I really like Spaceman and recommend it, despite the meltdown in the last few pages. There is plenty here to chew on and a great story to enjoy.


Plus, you will love Hanus. Jxgua 16, Eric rated it really liked it.

But Ekwensi published his own work well over 50 books, a book which acquired a measure nanna notoriety when it was well known and well distributed. Jagua Nana is actually a very well written book, as Ekwensi was an acknowledged dexterous story-teller even if some self-styled critics tended to undermine him. Here he presents a magnificent picture of a veritable, shameless, calculating and ruthless African prostitute.

Jagua has sunk low – well below the nether rungs of degeneracy, and she lives within her own rules. A cardinal rule for her is to regard sex as an easy route to quick money, and jaguua richer the clients the better; especially “white” clientelle who apparently hold the keys to lots of money. And local “big men” politicians too.

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She sleeps jaga milks them all, but still has an eye on her own marital and romantic future – she fastens her claws on young promising Freddie. It does not matter that he is like 20 years younger than she is. There are plenty of events, twists and turns, most of it prurient, but what does it matter? Jagua has set out her stall, and prostitution for her is life.

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Even when she is jjagua back to the rural areas village where she continues providing sex for men, including pertinent aristocracy. At last even at her age, she gets pregnant! Does it matter that she would not know the biological father of the child? Sadly perhaps she loses the child; but at least by a stroke of great fortune, she finds out that she has a fantastic unexpected horde of money, and of course she has no qualms helping herself to it.

She can now become a very important merchant of sorts, and de-emphasize selling her aging body all over the place. We hope so anyway! Mar 13, Alasdair Ekpenyong rated it it was amazing.

But when dem get a gal on de bed, you never see dem again. And if dem give de gal belly, she mus’ carry de belly alone, and dem will run and lef’ her. So I use to fear. Sep 10, Edward Aribisala rated it it was amazing.

When I was in high school in the 60s, this was the scandalous book that we boys exchange for 3 other novels. Well written and believable. This was the Nigerian atmosphere just after the independence.

He had a follow up, “Jaguar Nana’s Daughter”. May Cyprian’s soul rest in peace. Oct 15, Max rated it really liked it. The first part is hana amusing, the second not very focused. Not a masterpiece but very entertaining. Very good for female adult readers. Jan 01, Adam Fleming rated it liked it. I like to jwgua fiction by African authors.