Truth and beauty and death…and hope…

The New Southern Gentleman


The 2013 reading list‘s next work is Chinua Achebe’s 1987 novel Anthills of the SavannahAchebe, whom many critics would cite as Africa’s most distinguished novelist and man of letters, died in March of this year leaving behind a body of work that gives both testimony of the African experience and explores the author’s personal history.  In the best of Achebe’s work, such as this novel and his chef d’oeuvre Things Fall Apart, the melding of African (particularly Nigerian) history with elements of autobiography is seamless and allows us to understand, through the life (and death) of humans the life (and death – and perhaps resurrection) of a country and a continent.

The merest outline of the novel will do. Anthills of the Savannah is not about its action but about the ideas that provide motivations to its characters – and about those people, those…

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