ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH CHINUA ACHEBE PDF

He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from to After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in He was working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination.

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Kangan geographically resembles Nigeria, in that its south is typified in the novel by lush tropical jungles while its northern province is blasted by the same Harmattan that blows over Sokoto, Kano, and Maidiguri.

Each of these characters, minus Sam, takes a turn at narrating this story of political malfeasance and intrigue, and each narrative leapfrogs or backtracks on the others in time and space, making Anthills at times a difficult plot to traverse. What is clear from the beginning is that Sam, the almost unwitting president, has begun to cling to power and take personal umbrage against even trivial shows of political dissent, and this signals the predictable, bloody, course so many dictatorships seem to take.

Chris, Beatrice, and Ikem each speak as if Achebe were recording three people, not penning three characters. Not to make a mountain of Anthills , but this is a really good book. Hall Rating: Recommended.

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Anthills of the Savannah Summary

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Anthills of the Savannah

The novel Anthills of the Savanah is a socio-political commentary set in the fictitious nation of Kangan. The story begins with the readers being treated to an inside look into a presidential cabinet meeting. It is revealed that the country has had a shaky two years of existence, having coming from a chaotic political upheaval, ousting a dictator from the highest office of the land. The three were childhood friends and have now come into power, fulfilling crucial responsibilities within their society. Sam is the de facto leader, the President of the Republic of Kangan.

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Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

Kangan geographically resembles Nigeria, in that its south is typified in the novel by lush tropical jungles while its northern province is blasted by the same Harmattan that blows over Sokoto, Kano, and Maidiguri. Each of these characters, minus Sam, takes a turn at narrating this story of political malfeasance and intrigue, and each narrative leapfrogs or backtracks on the others in time and space, making Anthills at times a difficult plot to traverse. What is clear from the beginning is that Sam, the almost unwitting president, has begun to cling to power and take personal umbrage against even trivial shows of political dissent, and this signals the predictable, bloody, course so many dictatorships seem to take. Chris, Beatrice, and Ikem each speak as if Achebe were recording three people, not penning three characters. Not to make a mountain of Anthills , but this is a really good book. Hall Rating: Recommended.

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Anthills of the Savannah is a novel by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. It was his fifth novel, first published in the United Kingdom 21 years after Achebe's previous one A Man of the People in , and was credited with having "revived his reputation in Britain". Anthills of the Savannah takes place in the imaginary West African country of Kangan, where a Sandhurst -trained officer, identified only as Sam and known as "His Excellency", has taken power following a military coup. Achebe describes the political situation through the experiences of three friends: Chris Oriko, the government's Commissioner for Information; Beatrice Okoh, an official in the Ministry of Finance and girlfriend of Chris; and Ikem Osodi, a newspaper editor critical of the regime. Other characters include Elewa, Ikem's girlfriend and Major "Samsonite" Ossai, a military official known for stapling hands with a Samsonite stapler. Tensions escalate through the novel, culminating in the assassination of Ikem by the regime, the toppling and death of Sam and finally the murder of Chris.

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