Chinua Achebe's Novel, "Anthills of the Savannah" Book Review by -T. Reynolds

Chinua Achebe's Novel, "Anthills of the Savannah"
A look at Achebe's experiences as reflected in his novel.
# 1142 | 1,600 words | 6 sources | 2000 | US
Published on May 07, 2001 in Ethnic Studies (Africa) , History (African) , English (General) , Literature (General)

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An examination of how Nigerian author Chinua Achebe was influenced by his experiences and how that is reflected in his novel, "Anthills of the Savannah."

From the Paper:

" 'We . . . are committed to reclaiming the rich heritage of Africa, every inch of it, and redrawing the contours of African history which in the hands of others had been drawn . . . with great malice and lurid falsehood' (Achebe, Colonial Criticism, Hopes and Impediments, 85). Upon examination of Anthills of the Savannah and Achebe's earlier works, this quotation from a 1974 essay proves to be a mission statement for the author. Achebe writes out of an African experience and of a commitment to an African destiny (Achebe, Colonial Criticism, Hopes and Impediments, 74). While his earlier themes concern a clashing of cultures between European colonists and African traditionalists and the emergence of national independence from Western regimes, Anthills of the Savannah deals with Africa's post-colonial political and cultural turmoil. His greatest endeavor is to tell Africa's story from the point of view of the African; he aims to set the record straight, for prior to his literature most African tales were told from a Western perspective, (Wren, p.77)."

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