By Chinua Achebe
The extra Chike observed the ferry-boats the extra he desired to make the journey to Asaba. yet the place could he get the cash? He didn't recognize. nonetheless, he hoped.
Eleven-year-old Chike longs to move the Niger River to the town of Asaba, yet he doesn’t have the sixpence he must pay for the ferry journey. With the aid of his good friend S.M.O.G., he embarks on a sequence of adventures to aid him get there. alongside the best way, he's uncovered to a number of new studies which are either exciting and terrifying, from consuming his first skewer of suya less than the coloration of a mango tree, to traveling the village magician who delivers to double the money in his pocket. as soon as he eventually makes it around the river, Chike realizes that lifestyles at the different facet is much various from his expectancies, and he needs to locate the braveness inside of him to make it domestic.
Chike and the River is a paranormal story of obstacles, bravery, and progress, via Chinua Achebe, one of many world’s such a lot liked and famous storytellers.
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Once he had run away to safeguard Chike bogged down to a stroll. He remembered a poem their instructor had written: there has been a lifeless boy in our type Who swore: “At all expenditures i have to cross. ” He learn himself blind, He cluttered up his brain With capsules; and used to be backside of the category. instructor wrote this little poem while 3 silly scholars approximately died from swallowing mind tablets. a few cheating dealer had instructed the 3 boys that drugs could aid them to recollect what they learn. so that they got the dangerous medicinal drugs from him and started to take them. yet earlier than the examinations they have been behaving like mad humans and needed to be rushed to the health facility. They spent 5 days in medical institution and have been then discharged. The healthcare professional stated they have been very fortunate; they could have broken their brains completely. As for the exam the silly boys were so shaken that they failed hopelessly. Chike recalled the entire wild rumors that unfold throughout the college on the time. sooner than the men have been discharged from health facility it used to be rumored that the health professional had said them completely insane. one other rumor stated that one of many boys had slapped the headmaster whilst he had long gone to work out them. The resource of this final rumor was once Ezekiel. Chike remembered how tired the lads had regarded the 1st day they back to varsity. all people watched them heavily for the least signal of surprising habit. It was once in basic terms after a number of days of gazing that they have been approved as totally basic. by way of that point the examinations have been already over and the vacations have been close to. It should have been throughout the vacation trips that their instructor wrote the little poem which he made public at the start of the following time period. by means of then a number of weeks had handed, and it used to be attainable for everybody to snicker in regards to the incident. Even the 3 unlucky boys joined in. Chike used to be now forthcoming domestic. He had became off the tarred highway and used to be jogging at the sandy footpath which shaped a shortcut to no. 15 Odu highway the place he lived. He chanced on a difficult, unripe orange by way of the wayside and commenced to kick it alongside the trail. He imagined himself as center-forward in a massive fit. He could dribble prior an imaginary opponent and shout Eh! as spectators do while their favourite participant outwits an opponent. Then he dribbled prior 3 extra and counted “One, , 3” prior to scoring an imaginary objective. “It’s a objective! ” he shouted, and threw his hands within the air. Then he observed a sparkly item which he had kicked up with loads of sand. He bent down and picked it up. For a quick second the area looked as if it would spin around him. He closed his eyes after which opened them back. definite, it used to be there in his palm—a sixpence. He regarded round to determine if the landlord of the cash was once coming in the back of. there has been nobody. He appeared forward; not anyone was once in sight. He closed his hand at the coin and positioned the hand into his pocket. Then he walked boldly away. yet quickly he came across himself operating. 7 The destiny of the Coin Chike had by no means had as a lot cash as this ahead of. the most important amount of cash he had ever had at one time used to be threepence. That was once at Easter whilst he had joined a gaggle of different boys to make tune.