But of course the essays are not only wise, detached and reflective, but also combative. His erudition and literary scholarship do not get in the way of his down-to-earth fictional writing.
This may not be a scholarly work, but what it lacks in scholasticism, it more than makes up for in wisdom and passion, as well as those rare and often overlooked attributes of great literature, clarity and consistency of vision. Raised by Christian missionary parents in the midst of a traditional Igbo community, Achebe was made aware early on of the cultural, political, and linguistic complexity that characterised 20th-century Nigeria.
As in Things Fall Apart, Achebe draws on traditional African sayings, tales, and songs throughout the collection, revealing a rich culture that Achebe himself has been instrumental in opening up to the Western and pan-African reader.
The words of the Czech novelist Kundera should ring in our ears: My own concept of reading to live and living to read does not quite fit that idea, even though I recognise that I take part in this tradition - I do not want to rewrite history here!
Those who seek power passionately do so not to change the present or the future, but the past - to rewrite history.
That would be playing politics. When Ngugi another African writer I admire, for very different reasons criticises his use of the colonial language English rather than his native tongue, Chinua Achebe answers by quoting Milan Kundera to justify his own choice: Mbari, the literature celebration Achebe describes, goes deeper towards the mythical roots of storytelling as a communal act, an act of social gathering and sharing.
This essay from addresses the way the international community regards the African continent. The arguments he offers here and elsewhere in this collection are not new, but by personalising them and tying them into his own experience, Achebe causes us to re-examine our attitudes towards them.
The Education of a British-Protected Child, a collection of autobiographical essays written by Achebe between anddoes not explicitly set out to celebrate these anniversaries, but that is exactly its effect. Those familiar with this topic will enjoy this essay as a witty refresher, and anyone unaware of the debate but interested in world literature would do well to begin their research here.
He just gets on with it. In the end, what makes Achebe so readable and his work such a valuable resource when it comes to thinking about colonialism, race relations, international relations, or literature is the humanity that suffuses his writing.
Like Chinua Achebe, I have spent a big portion of my life outside my native country, and therefore, I see it with partially foreign eyes. We meet him embarking on studies at Cambridge, reflecting on power and politics in Africa, on language, literature as a form of celebration, we share his anguished reflections on what it means to him to be a Nigerian, and we even get a glimpse of his family life.
Achebe makes reference to the thinking of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, James Baldwin, and David Livingstone in his discussions of how Africa should engage or not with its colonial past, and considers how their messages can help us move forward. Just acknowledging the impossibility of containing an entire life within one book of essays somehow solves the problem.
He has opinions, and he expresses them clearly: After first reading about it, I introduced the concept to my students, as I have long thought that the Western approach to literature has become very specialised, almost sterile, a kind of exercise in intellectual bullshit bingo oh, sorry!Editions for The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays: (Hardcover published in ), (Paperback published in ), The Education of a British-Protected Child, a collection of autobiographical essays written by Achebe between anddoes not explicitly set out to celebrate.
The essays collected in The Education of a British-Protected Child focus on a myriad of things but have at their core the central theme of the effects of colonialism. A true and real education on the dignity and history of Africa and the colonised places of the world is yet to be discovered, yet to be dissemina God it is so good to read /5.
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