The Fishermen - Chapter 9: The Sparrow Summary & Analysis

Chigozie Obioma
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Ikenna was the sparrow that this chapter is titled for. His life quickly flew out of sight, just like a small sparrow, Ben said. Ikenna's death was hard for Ben to fathom at his age. It became a little more real when Father returned home to stay for good two days after Ikenna's death. Ikenna was buried four days later and Boja was missing. Relatives that Ben had seldom seen arrived for the funeral services. Ben noted that, in his casket, Ikenna took on the shape of a small bird, a fragile sparrow.

Ben explained an accident that happened to Ikenna when he as only six years old. One of his testes was kicked inside his body. He had surgery to correct the problem. At age eight, Ikenna was stung by a scorpion and his right leg shrunk compared to the left...

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