Well, I knew an ending like that was coming, but OUCH. Dang, I guess I wasn't prepared for it to be that abrupt! Still, it wasn't the wrong ending. I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, honestly, so I went in with an open mind. I found myself completely engaged in Okonkwo's world--enveloped in the daily life of the Ibo people and fascinated by their customs, but not in a "noble savage," flat, kind of way. Achebe's writing puts you fully in the heart of the village, as a member, and I especially felt a kinship with Ekwefi. I'd have loved the book even more if it'd been written all about her. But I suppose that would have made the ending even harder. Well written, concise, and engaging. Four stars.