I Live by the Gun I Live by the Gun

I Live by the Gun

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Edward is a successful family man who has built a happy life around him. Tragedy strikes however, when he is gunned down one day by violent criminals. He leaves behind a widow and two young children, who continue to enjoy the support of Edward’s wider family circle after his death. They are also supported by Edward’s close friend, Mr Adams and his family.

Turmoil enters the ranks when Edward’s older brother, Robert, citing local traditions, announces his intention to take Edward’s place, by moving into the family home of his late brother. Robert’s own family, from whom he is estranged, oppose his bid. His father also strongly warns against this course, “Lest tragedy and pestilence befall you.” He further advises Robert that, “Any tradition that does not add value to our lives has to be thrown away.”

In I Live by the Gun, Joy C. Agwu explores the theme of conflict that arises when traditional hierarchies are confronted by the demands for modernisation. It can be read as an affirmation of human rights and individual autonomy in particular. The burden of ‘culture and traditions’, when invoked in an anachronistic manner, weigh most heavily on women and children, often serving as a pretext to impose conditions of servitude upon already disadvantaged people.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
14 January
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
213
Pages
PUBLISHER
Joy Agwu
SIZE
290.6
KB

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