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Achebe's story "Civil Peace" is about Jonathan Iwegbu, who with most of his family has survived the Nigerian Civil War. Iwegbu is a hard-working entrepreneur who lands on his feet after the war, making the most of what he has and even negotiating his way out of a potentially deadly encounter with robbers.

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Achebe's story is about a man who, with most of his family, has survived the civil war in Nigeria. The first part of the story deals with how "lucky" the protagonist, Jonathan Iwegbu, considers himself: not only has he, his wife, and "three out of four" children survived he war, but he has also retained his bicycle, a key possession, and, incredibly, his house, a hut made of mud bricks which remains standing when a much more solidly built building nearby has been reduced to rubble. Iwegbu sees this good fortune as a miracle; as he says when he digs up his bicycle and finds it in good shape, "nothing puzzles God."

Much of the middle of the story has to do with Iwegbu trying to earn money any way he can. He is very enterprising. He uses his bicycle as a kind of taxi, selling rides to officials. He opens a kind of bar where he sells palm wine to soldiers. His wife makes akara balls to sell to the neighbors. He even receives a payment from the government for turning in rebel currency,...

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this story is about an optimist man called happy survival. he and his wife and his three children out of four survived from the war. his bicycle and his house weresaved too. he founds way to earn money and pass his life. his family also found job like selling mangoes or making breakfast to earn money. by the bicycle he went to villages and bought wine and mixed it with water and soldit to military soldiers. by this job he opened a bar and soldwine instead of going to miner. at that time most neighbours were so poor and had nothing to eat or no where to day he earned20 pounds as an egg-rasher.the other person who had that much money were killed by thieves. he was so scared and felt insecure tillwenthome. at night's he heard different noises and understood the watchman left sooner than ever by one o'clock then he slept. he was awakened by noise of the knocking in the door. he and his family after some time understood theywere thieves and they called police but no one came to help them and the thieves were the neighbours.they wanted his money and he and his familywere so scared. at lastafter a long argue he accepted to give them 20 pounds instead of 100 pounds they want.and he was happy again because he could live safe without that money.