“Good one. The issue of migration of people from Africa to other countries and the the perception/sterotypes of the West on those who migrated. Achebe regards R. K. Laxman highly. Naipaul was termed as an hypocrite.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Good one. The issue of migration of people from Africa to other countries and the the perception/sterotypes of the West on those who migrated. Achebe regards R. K. Laxman highly. Naipaul was termed as an hypocrite.”Natarajan wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This composition is reformed into a bullet that shoots directly at Joyce Cary’s work, Mister Johnson. If you’re craving for good African literature, start with this book. Many great authors name are mentioned such as Dylan Thomas and Salman Rushdie. I wasn’t really interested with the review of other books though because those short myths of Africa that Achebe slips into the pages caught my eye more. Let me quote a paragraph for you at page 14.
One morning all the animals were going to a meeting which the town crier had summoned them the night before. Surprisingly, the chicken was headed not to the public square like the rest, but away from it. When his neighbors and friends asked him if by any chance he had not heard the summons to the meeting, he said he had indeed heard but, unfortunately, must attend to a very important personal matter that just cropped up. He asked them to convey his good wished to the assembly and, for good measure, added his declaration to support and abide by its resolutions. The emergency before the animals, as it happened, was the rampant harassment that man had begun to cause them since he learned to offer blood sacrifice to his gods. After a long and heated debate the animals accepted, and padded unanimously, a resolution to offer the chicken to man as his primary sacrificial animal. And it has remained so to this day.
The main gist of this book is that it highlights why literature is important to shape one’s mindset. This book is worth the study.”