"A rare opportunity to glimpse a bit of the man behind the monumental novels." Chicago Tribune
Powerful and deeply personal, these three essays by the great Nigerian author articulate his mission to rescue African culture from the narratives written by Europeans. Looking through the prism of his experiences as a student in English schools in Nigeria, he recalls his first encounters with European perspectives on Africa in the works of Joyce Cary and Elspeth Huxley. He examines the impact that his novel Things Fall Apart—as well as fellow Nigerian Amos Tutola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard and Jomo Kenyatta’s Facing Mt. Kenya, among other workshad on efforts to reclaim Africa's story. He confronts the persistence of colonial views of Africa. And he argues for the importance of living and writing the African experience: Africa needs stories told by Africans.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Anchor Book|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.35(d)|
About the Author
Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of a single Nigerian community over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Girls at War and Other Stories, Home and Exile, Hopes and Impediments, Collected Poems, The Education of a British-Protected Child, Chike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for more than fifteen years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Achebe was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria’s highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.
What People are Saying About This
A story of the triumph of the mind, told in the words of one of this century's most gifted writers…Achebe reveals the inner workings of the human conscience through the predicament of Africa and his own intellectual life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this slim book because Chinua Achebe is a favorite author and I wanted to learn more about him. I had planned to put it into my Memoir category.However, although he gives a brief glimpse into his early life as a child in Africa, the main thrust of this book is how literature has impacted western readers¿ view of Africa and its people. He makes a strong case for seeing both the nonfiction and the literature written about Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries and even into the 20th century was written by Western authors and was greatly influenced by the desire to justify first the Slave Trade and later the colonization of Africa by Europeans. It has only been since the advent of authors who are African that the ¿real stories¿ of Africa can be told. The style of this book is like a friendly chat with examples offered which made it an enjoyable and quick read. However, it has made an impact on me and I will be rethinking my Africa category and extending it into next year as I now am anxious to discover other African authors, both fiction and nonfiction, to get a better understanding of this fascinating area of our world. Highly recommended.
I thank Mr. ACHEBE very much for writing this consice and lucid book. I can also say that since I am African it speakes to me more. I hope that people reading this book will open their eyes to understand that African history and experience can vanish before we know it.