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A Shivering Woman – “Things Fall Apart” – Chinua Achebe

August 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Literature

‘When did you become a shivering old woman,’ Okonkwo asked himself, ‘you, who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number? Okonkwo, you have become a woman indeed.’

I don’t think it’s possible to say ‘Okonkwo’ in a feminine way. It’s close to the most masculine name I’ve ever heard.

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