Say You're One of Them - Study Guide Luxurious Hearses (Nigeria) Summary & Analysis

Uwem Akpan
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This novella-length short story opens with the acknowledgement that it takes place in the days before the Nigerian government places a ban on the transportation of bodies from one end of the country to another. The protagonist, Jubril, has fought hard to survive the last two days, and has secured a ticket on one of the last buses, called Luxurious Buses, out of the city toward his father's village. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Christian Nigerians are attempting to escape from the Muslim attack, so Jubril, a Muslim boy himself, must disguise his religious identity by pretending to be Christian. He does so by wearing a Christian talisman around his neck, augmenting his speech (and therefore his accent), and always keeping his hand, which has been amputated at the wrist, firmly placed in his pocket to hide the fact that it is nothing...

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