The Fishermen - Chapter 2: The River Summary & Analysis

Chigozie Obioma
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Chapter 2, "The River" explains why being fishermen was such a big deal to Ben and his brothers. They were forbidden to go to the Omi-Ala River because it had a dangerous history. In the old days, the river was pure and an integral part of the community since it provided clean water for drinking and fish for food. It was so beloved, that the early settlers built shrines to the river and worshipped it like it was a god. When Christianity arrived in the area, however, the shrines were seen as an abomination to God and people began to believe the river was evil.

During Ben's childhood, there were many rumors to confirm it was an evil place. Tales of corpses, dead animals, and other rituals were reported on the river banks. After a woman's body was discovered dismembered and mutilated, the...

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