Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe

By Okey Ndibe

This debut novel from the writer of the robust, universally acclaimed international Gods, Inc. seems at a woman’s drowning and the consequent research in an rising African nation.

In the rustic of Madia (based partially on Ndibe’s local Nigeria) a tender prostitute runs into the ocean and drowns. The final guy who spoke to her, the “madman” Bukuru, is requested to account for her final moments. while his testimony implicates the Madian defense force, Bukuru is arrested and charged together with her demise. on the first day of trial, Bukuru, performing as his personal lawyer, counters those fees with allegations of his personal, talking not just of presidency complicity in a sequence of violent attacks and killings, yet telling the courtroom that the president of Madia himself is responsible of rape and homicide. The incident is hushed up, and Bukuru is shipped again to criminal, the place he'll most likely meet his finish. yet a tender journalist manages to go to him, and jointly they trip via many years of historical past that light up Bukuru’s existence, and that of the whole country. A courageous and robust paintings of fiction, Arrows of Rain is a superb dramatization of the complicated elements at the back of the near-collapse of a kingdom from essentially the most interesting novelists writing at the present time.

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34 The quest for clarity is painful and difficult as well as amaran- l SERIES EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION thine. The alternative, however, is to abandon joy and freedom and thus meaning. This is the essence of Naess’s distinction between being an academic philosopher and being a philosopher of life, between merely functioning and living. Drawing inspiration from Spinoza, Naess has cultivated a practice of both integrating reason and emotion and transforming negative emotions into positive ones. His challenge is before us and the frontier is long—the choice, however, is ours.

Simply stated, this principle asserts that the increased realization of any individual xlvii SERIES EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION or species rests on advancing (or at least not hindering) the realization potential of all other individuals or species. By juxtaposing these two, almost caricatured perspectives, Naess employs a technique of Gandhian nonviolent communication designed to confront core disagreements. The central premise is that society’s potential to overcome the ecological crisis rests on guiding discussion and debate to its root causes.

Volume IX includes sections on “Democracy, Ideology, and Rationality,” “Philosophy of Science,” “The Philosophy of Peace, Gandhian Ethics, and Communication,” “Spinoza,” and “Philosophical Development, Environment, and Education” (which includes an autobiographical article describing key influences in Naess’s philosophical evolution, “How My Philosophy Seemed to Develop” and an interview, “Deep Ecology and Education”). A number of the especially significant articles have already been referred to, where relevant, in the discussion of Naess’s philosophical evolution; other articles are discussed in the notes.

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