The Crown of Thorns

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Chief Nchindia held the Elders of his Council in total contempt, inwardly vowing to disagree with them at every point where disagreement was possible. What starts like a big joke develops into grim tragedy: the statue of the god of Nkokonoko Small Monje is discovered to have been stolen and sold to a white man! The tradition demands instant execution of the culprits. Was their Chief involved in the theft? What was worse, the crime or the punishment? Linus Asong was born in the South West Region of Cameroon in 1947. With a combined B.A honours in Education, in 1980 he entered the University of Windsor in Canada whence he graduated with a terminal degree in Creative Writing. He holds an M.A and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton Canada, and is presently Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Ecole Normale Superieure Bambili (University of Yaounde 1). Asong is a stand-up humorist, a consummate portrait painter, an accomplished literary scholar, and a celebrated prolific writer with over a dozen novels to his credit.

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Linus Asong
The Crown of Thorns
Chief Nchindia held the Elders of his Council in total contempt, inwardly
vowing to disagree with them at every point where disagreement was possible.
What starts like a big joke develops into grim tragedy: the statue of the god of
Nkokonoko Small Monje is discovered to have been stolen and sold to a white
man! T e tradition demands instant execution of the culprits. Was their Chief
involved in the theft? What was worse, the crime or the punishment?
“T ere is a certain self-assured confi dence in Asong’s handling of plot and
characterization that usually goes with maturity and experience. We are not surprised
by events and their outcome, we are carefully prepared and everything moves on
towards an almost inevitable climax of horror.”
- Professor Richard Bjornson, Ohio State University
“Asong’s sense of the human predicament is astounding.... It is above all, the story of
guilt in a world ridden with self-interest.”
- Professor Rudy Wiebe, University of Alberta
“T ere is no such thing as victory, only self-deceit, self-defeat and resignation. T e
inevitability of doom rises to blood-curdling proportions in this fi rst novel. Read it
and read it again. It has a message for man in a century as perilous as this!”
- Stephen Arnold, University of Alberta
“We discern something irresistible in the author’s style, his sense of structure, and
crisp characterization, something that makes it impossible for you to stop reading
until you have turned the last page. And then you realize with great satisfaction that
it’s a whole new world you’ve been through.”
- Douglas Killam, University of Guelph
Linus Asong was born in the South West Region of Cameroon in 1947. Asong
is a stand-up humorist, a consummate portrait painter, an accomplished literary
scholar, and a celebrated prolifi c writer with over a dozen novels to his credit.
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Thorns
Linus T. Asong
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG
Mankon,BamendaPublisher:
Langaa RPCIG
Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group
P.O. Box 902 Mankon
Bamenda
North West Region
Cameroon
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Distributed outside N. America by African Books Collective
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Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University
Press
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ISBN: 9956-558-56-7
© Linus T. Asong 2009
First Published 1990
DISCLAIMER
The names, characters, places and incidents in this book are either the product
of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Accordingly, any resemblance
to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely one of incredible
coincidence.For the Crown of our life as it closes
Is darkness, the fruit thereof dust;
No Thorns go as deep as a rose’s,
And love is more cruel than lust.The Crown of Thorns
Contents
Dedication .................................................................. ix
Part One
Chapter One .............................................................................3
1.......................................................................................... 13
2 17
3 18
Part Two
Chapter Two .......................................................................... 22
1 25
2.......................................................................................... 32
Chapter Three ....................................................................... 35
Chapter Four 46
Chapter Five .......................................................................... 52
1 54
2 55
Chapter Six ............................................................................ 61
Chapter Seven ....................................................................... 68
Chapter Eight ........................................................................ 72
1.......................................................................................... 77
2 80
3 83
Chapter Nine ......................................................................... 90
Chapter Ten ........................................................................... 93
Chapter Eleven ................................................................... 102
Chapter Twelve 108
viiLinus T. Asong
Chapter Thirteen................................................................. 112
Chapter Fourteen ................................................................ 117
1........................................................................................ 121
2 125
Chapter Fifteen ................................................................... 126
1 130
2 133
Chapter Sixteen 134
1........................................................................................ 141
2 144
Chapter Seventeen ............................................................. 147
Chapter Eighteen ................................................................ 157
Part Three
Chapter Nineteen ............................................................... 163
Chapter Twenty................................................................... 167
1........................................................................................ 168
2 173
3 174
Chapter Twenty-One ......................................................... 179
Chapter Twenty-Two 185
Chapter Twenty-Three....................................................... 195wenty-Four 203
Chapter Twenty-Five ......................................................... 219
1........................................................................................ 223
2 228
3 230
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Dedication
For My Dear Wife
Teresa Ajab
Our Dear Daughter
Njiondock Laura
and
Our Dear Sons
Ajabenyang Stephen & Asongu Edward
Your Love Was Always My Inspiration
For The Lebialem Genuine Intellectual:
You Owe It to The World
To Give The Best That Is In You
For the Betterment of Mankind
ixPart One