Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 423
The Healers presents a highly fragmented society, where diverse characters try to navigate the colonial-era conflicts between native African Asante people and British interlopers. The dominant narrative voice both acknowledges that fragmentation and imposes unity on the novel’s structure. The narrator often self-consciously breaks out of the frame. When words fail him, he seeks guidance from masters of eloquence to improve his story telling. “Send me words of eloquence,” he implores.
Words are mere wind, but wind too has always been part of our work, this work of sowers for the future, the work of story-tellers, the work of masters in the arts of eloquence.
The white British–black African conflict is a frequent subject of Ababio, a local power broker who aims to manipulate the political situation for his own avaricious ends. He does not descend from a royal lineage, and he distrusts the native rulers. While he rationalizes his machinations as merely realistic, he is also straightforward about his attitude toward losing.
There would be no kings if some catastrophe brought all black people together. . . . And if we are such fools as to stand against the whites, they will grind us till we become less than impotent, less than grains of bad snuff tossing in a storm. That is the choice before every one of us. I myself, I have already chosen. And those who think like me have chosen. We shall be on the side of the whites. That is where the power lies. We have chosen power because we find impotence disgusting.
While the character Densu seems to be the...
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