Anthills of the Savannah Audio CD – 1 Apr 2011
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"[The writer] in whose company the prison walls fell down' Nelson Mandela "The Founding Father of the African novel in English" - The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and graduated from University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. For over fifteen years, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University. Chinua Achebe wrote over twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - and received numerous honours from around the world, including the Honourary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He wasalso the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. He died in 2013.
Maya Jaggi is a journalist and critic, and is known as an expert on postcolonial literatures. She is a feature writer and lead reviewer for the Guardian. Born in London and educatedat Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she was formerly literary editor of the journal Third World Quarterly.
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The story revolves around Chris (commissioner for information), Ikem (editor of the most prominent newspaper in the country), Beatrice (Chris' girlfriend and an employee at the ministry of finance) and finally Sam (His Excellency) - all UK educated, all friends at some point in time - and their deteriorating relationship. The inexorable changes result from Sam slowly but surely losing his grip on reality and spiralling into self delusion. At the same time the country is rapidly approaching truly disruptive change in a development that is as terrible, as it is inexorable.
Modelled on oil boom Nigeria, it is probably one of the more prominent of Achebe's works. Written much later than his early fiction (1987), it loses none of the vitality of works such as Things Fall Apart (Penguin Classics) or No Longer at Ease (Penguin Modern Classics) but adds perhaps a richer, more nuanced understanding of politics into the mix.
If you are interested in a fictional yet insightful view of the development of dictatorship, you can hardly do better than Anthills. Updike's The Coup (Penguin Modern Classics) does not have the easy flow or the first hand insight, and books such as Naipaul's A Bend in the River are just not quite in the same league quality wise in my opinion.
That said, a high-school level student would find it a good easy read with things to discuss during class.
Saying this - I did obtain an insight into the development of the political tyrant:the ordinary man who is exalted to sudden power which ultimately corrupts and alters him. This aspect was expertly ddealt with.
However, there is much that made the gears of this book grind to stuttering halts - not enough pace and vigour and too much sidelines of rhetoric.
Not a great read but it did contain insights.
As a 2nd gen Nigerian (in the UK) it means alot to me to be able to read and enjoy the work
of a Nigerian author and this book was a pleasure to read. Arrived in good condition with only
slight wear and tear as initially disclosed. Thanks amazon.
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