I just finished reading Biafra as Heritage and Symbol: Adichie, Mbachu, andd Iweala by John C. Hawley.  Hawley compares the novels by Mbachu’s novel War Games  and Iweala’s Beast of No Nation with Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun.  Hawley discusses the difference between the three authors approach to the subject concerning the Biafrian war.  According to Hawley, Mbachu and Iweala have written a more brutal account about the horrors of the Biafrian war.  These two writers go into much more detail about the horrors of war in Nigeria and how boys were forced to join unnamed armies to learn to kill men woman and chilren.  Hawley even discusses how in Iweala’s novel a boy witnesses the murder of his father.in that same novel or maybe its Mbachu’s text were a boy witnesses his 17 year old brother being shot in the head after refusing to join the renegade army.  The trauma that these boys experienced is hard to put into words.  But Mbachu and Iweala certainly try and with much success. Adichie also writes about the Biafrian war but not to the same extent as the other two novelists.   According to Hawley, Adichie keeps her distance when writing about the war.  She is less political than the other two writers.  Adichie concentrates more on the relationships of the characters and less on the political implications of the war, according to Hawley.  Feuser reports that the older writers who have written about Biafra are of a generation that lived through the war and that not enough time has passed for these writers to turn so much suffering into art.  Eddie Iroh who was in his twenties during the war suggests a similar prediction about writers his age and believes that it would take future generations to write about the war in an unbiased way.

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