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I think those who choose to write about this novel, "The healers" as though the larger point of the novel is about the battle against colonialism, have missed the point entirely. As the name of the novel implies, the whole point of the novel is mostly "The Healers". What Armah is skillfully doing to you as you read this novel, is training you to be a healer. This novel is more a recruitment flyer for those who are inclined to heal, then it is a story about pre-colonial Africa. Of course, the theme of unity being the saving grace for our people's future plays a big role in this novel, no doubt. But my point here is that those who get caught up in the "whodunnit" aspects of the plot have missed the larger point of the novel. Densu has thrown away his enviable position among the Ashanti, to live a more modest life. The life of a healer. He is even drawn to love Anoah, largely because it is she who is his interpreter of the many teachings of her father. His love of her grows as his love for the life she represent grows. The healers deserves another read. Read it again, and do some of the "healer" exercises that Armah includes in the text. Perhaps in so doing, you will agree with what I have presented here.
PART ONE 1 The Whirlpool
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