By Chinua Achebe
A blinding and pleasant vintage within the making from one of many world's such a lot well-liked and enthralling storytellers.
When Chike, an eleven-year-old Nigerian boy, leaves the small village of Umuofi a to dwell along with his uncle within the urban of Onitsha, he's uncovered to a variety of new experiences--from bicycle using to fortune telling, vehicle washing to letter writing. As he turns into settled in his new domestic and college, Chike reveals himself constantly desirous about the River Niger, and attempts desperately to elevate sufficient cash to buy a price ticket aboard the ferry that crosses the river to the town of Asaba. as soon as he fi nally makes it throughout, Chike realizes that lifestyles at the different part of the river is much diversified from what he anticipated, and he needs to locate the braveness and resilience inside him to make it home.
A poignant story of barriers and experience, braveness and progress, Chike and the River is a hot and beautiful myth for readers of every age.
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