Whenever people have asked me which among my novels is my
favourite I have always evaded a direct answer, being
strongly of the mind that in sheer invidiousness that
question is fully comparable to asking a man to
list his children in the order in which he loves them. A
paterfamilias worth his salt will, if he must, speak about
the peculiar attractiveness of each child. Chinua originally Albert Chinualumogo Achebe Arrow of God, preface to 2nd edn.