Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah

by Chinua Achebe, Chinua Achrbe

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Overview

A searing satire of political corruption and social injustice from the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart

In the fictional West African nation of Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the president's cabinet for life, and one of the leader's oldest friends. When the president is charged with censoring the opportunistic editor of the state-run newspaper—another childhood friend—Chris's loyalty and ideology are put to the test. The fate of Kangan hangs in the balance as tensions rise and a devious plot is set in motion to silence a firebrand critic. 

From Chinua Achebe, the legendary author of Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah is "A vision of social change that strikes us with the force of prophecy" (USA Today). 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385260459
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/1997
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 425,866
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)

About the Author

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of a single Nigerian community over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the SavannahA Man of the PeopleGirls at War and Other StoriesHome and ExileHopes and ImpedimentsCollected PoemsThe Education of a British-Protected ChildChike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for more than fifteen years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Achebe was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria’s highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

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soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Achebe whilst travelling through Africa - Nigeria, to be specific, and this is kind of where his dystopian political novel is set. It's an extraordinary book, full of colour and the little details that bring his native country to life; it is also a sad book for being so true and accurate a picture of life in Nigeria.
madhuri_agrawal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, though not so much as the first one by Achebe - 'Things fall apart'. That definitely was the author's masterpiece and I was expecting something comparable when I sat down with this one.Anthills of Savannah is a story of a nation facing the political conundrum of a new found independence. After years of ruling, a country of course finds itself unable to take charge of a freedom, which it severely struggled to obtain. It is almost like you wait for exams to get over and when they are finally over you do not know how to manage the free time since you have been so focused on seeing them through that your head is heavily blocked up with that.Achebe describes this confusion through the lives of three political leaders and through alternation of narration tries to give a wholesome picture. However at times, the different narrators do not seem too different but appear as one. In that he has failed to give multitude to his thought.The book is dark, almost inadvertantly it appears, because it starts off with satire and winds up being a serious story.So overall I suppose, though it is worth its while, you may see a lot of confusion in the book.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot of this novel, which details the effects of government corruption, is not particularly new or surprising. What makes this treatment of such a topic more noteworthy is its telling through the African voice. Some readers will have a hard time with the pidgin English dialogue in this book, but beyond these difficulties the writing is clever and witty, tweaking traditional English turns of phrase with a more local sense of humour. The linguistic play works well to establish what is also notable about the plot: rather than being a simple story of a corrupt government, the novel works to show that it is not such mass entities that really affect the individual, but other single individuals who, knowingly or not, carry out the aims of the mass. Achebe thus shows that the problems of Africa are not just remnants of colonial oppression to be blamed on England, from whom many of the characters have taken the best she has to offer in terms of education and society, but the problems of Africans dealing with their own relationship to whatever powers might be. This point was fairly well illustrated by the penultimate chapter, but Achebe decides to spell it out more blatantly in the final chapter, which spoils the subtlety a bit; however, the book could not have legitimately ended without dealing with what becomes of the characters left behind in the last chapter, and so this can easily be forgiven, especially since many readers will find the shifts in narrative perspective a bit confusing at first.
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