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on 29 January 2012
As well as a fine extra-textual companion to Achebe's work, this is a wonderful book in its own right - a collection of disparate essays that weren't originally written to be read together (so there's some repetition of anecdotes), but I couldn't put it down.

As a whole it comes over as part autobiography, part critique of post-colonial attitudes, but much more warm and personal than that makes it sound (and in places funny - Achebe is a witty man and it comes across as much here as in his fiction.) Probably not an ideal introduction for those completely unfamiliar with Achebe's work (be warned: the book does contain spoilers for some of his best-loved novels), but essential reading for fans.

Which leads me to my one gripe: Why is this the only Achebe book currently available on Kindle? Almost every other author given the Penguin Modern Classics rejacket treatment has pretty much their complete works for sale in the Kindle store, but there's not one Achebe novel or volume of poetry available at the time of writing. Is this an oversight on Penguin's part, or a legal problem, or a specific request from Mr Achebe? I hope it's not the latter, because I travel a lot and would love to be able to carry some of his books around with me...
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