SYNOPSIS OF MEREM’S ‘THE PREACHER’S SON’. He was a promising child, a preacher’s son, a light set on the hill for the world to see. Then he made a contact which disrupted his dreams, he was deviated from his direction which led to disappointment and heartbreaks. Through the rigorous moment he brought himself, he had hope in tomorrow and his hope saw him through. THE NOVEL Blessing Ihechimerem Oti’s debut novel is titled “The Preacher’s Son”. It is a prose story of 112 pages in eight chapters. It is published by Perfect Image publishers, Onitsha. The first print is this year 2012. CHAPTER SUMMARY Chapter one is captioned: Days in the light. This shows the happy and godly home of Pastor Christine and Mrs. Christine Adibe. Chapter two: Contact.
It shows progress of life and the challenges that marvelous (the pastor second son) faced when he was exposed to the evils of the larger society. Chapter Three: Changes “leaving home in a sense involves a second birth” The tension in the book emerged in this chapter Chapter four: Disappointment This chapter increased the tension in the novel Chapter five: Heart break This is the climax of the book. The father of hero dies! Chapter six: Resolution This marks a turning point. The story automatically reversed from tragedy to comedy. Chapter seven: New dawn This chapter brought a big relief from the pain in the previous chapter. Chapter eight: Comforted “Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats. We climb to heaven most often, on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes” As the name suggest, the novel came to a happy ending. THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN THE STORY ARE:
Mr. Christine, the international gospel preacher Mrs. Flora, his wife Victor, first son Marvelous, their second son (the preacher’s son) Tony Aliche, Marvy’s cousin. Nkiru, marvy’s girl friend. Miss. Rose, Marvy’s teacher. THEMES: `The themes of this novel could be noticed from the life and circumstances that surrounds the characters in it. Some of the themes are:a. Evil communication corrupts good manners.b. Single parenting is a trait to the good development of any child of the society.c. Career development at the expense of family life is very dangerous and destructive to children upbringing. Blessing seems to have told her life story in disguise. But that is not true. The story is a fiction. It is beautiful imagination and literal creativity that gave birth to this work! Rev freedom John