Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah By Chinua Achebe Joe Baker, Anthills of the Savannah In the fictional West African nation 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 cab
  • Title: Anthills of the Savannah
  • Author: Chinua Achebe Joe Baker
  • ISBN: 9780385260459
  • Page: 103
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  • Anthills of the Savannah By Chinua Achebe Joe Baker, In the fictional West African nation 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 cabinet of the president for life, one of his oldest friends When the president is charged with censoring the oppositionist editor of the state run newspaper another childhoodIn the fictional West African nation 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 cabinet of the president for life, one of his oldest friends When the president is charged with censoring the oppositionist 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 the firebrand critic.
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    1. Chinua Achebe Joe Baker

      Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor at Brown University and critic He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart 1958 , which is the most widely read book in modern African literature.Raised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s his later novels include No Longer at Ease 1960 , Arrow of God 1964 , A Man of the People 1966 , and Anthills of the Savannah 1987 Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a language of colonizers , in African literature In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa Racism in Conrad s Heart of Darkness became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as a bloody racist.When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, Achebe became a devoted supporter of Biafran independence and served as ambassador for the people of the new nation The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid When the Nigerian government retook the region in 1970, he involved himself in political parties but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed He lived in the United States for several years in the 1970s, and returned to the U.S in 1990 after a car accident left him partially disabled.Achebe s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of values during and after the colonial era His style relied heavily on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory He also published a number of short stories, children s books, and essay collections He became the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.Achebe died at age 82 following a brief illness.

    250 thoughts on “Anthills of the Savannah”

    1. Lord Acton s Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely plus life as intrinsically optimistic, closing with childbirth and the naming of a child suggests a brighter future in which tradition doesn t have to loose out to modernity and that community can survive despite the main action of the novel in which we learn that three friends have since decolonialisation grown apart and power requires them to become enemies A short little west African novel.



    2. Anthills of the Savannah see Achebe returning to similar territory as his last novel, A Man of the People politics of post colonial Africa Whereas A Man of the People saw events leading up to a coup, Anthills of the Savannah is post coup A charismatic young Sandhurst trainer army officer, known only in the novel as Sam or His Excellency, has been swept into power in the troubled state of Kangan After he is defeated in a vital referendum, his role as dictator becomes unsteady, and there can be no [...]


    3. Cosa deve fare un popolo per placare una storia incancrenita nell amarezza Pubblicato nel 1987, Viandanti della storia un romanzo politico del nigeriano Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, che si rinomin con Chinua Achebe nome indigeno come a spezzare quell imposizione voluta dal padre che andava ad onorare il principe consorte della regina Vittoria Anthills of the Savannah ossia, Formicai della savana il titolo originale che va a riferirsi a ci che resiste all arsura terribile del clima equatoriale La [...]



    4. Three childhood friends ascend to leadership within their country and the book centers around greed and power lust, showcasing socio economic issues and governmental corruption in some part of Africa though the country is fictionalized , as well as what exiles must go through or rather how hard it is to speak out against a not so democratic government and then attempt an escape from your homeland Somehow I feel as if I ve committed a crime by rating an Achebe book like this big Chinua Achebe fan [...]


    5. I gave this book a low rating because 1 it was a bit of a let down after Things Fall Apart, and 2 it was way over my head This book was surprisingly hard to read I m ashamed to say that I need someone to walk me through this book, our high school English teachers used to do There was a message there, I know, but whatever it was I didn t fully grasp it I felt that I might have been missing some vital clues in the pidgin dialogue that was oftentimes too hard to follow The lack of chronology left m [...]


    6. Painfully boring story of politics in Africa If it had not been written like a newspaper article, if there had been some effort toward characterization or coherent plot, or explanation of the history of the circumstances described, I still would probably have disliked this book Much time passed before I could make myself knock off the final 20 pages, not a good sign Story of friends who become entrenched in politics, end up double crossing each other and fleeing from the one of them who gained p [...]


    7. The landscape of Abazon is dry a parched, sun bleached Kangan desert pockmarked by anthills After two years without rain or aid from Bassa, the seat of power, six elders have come to the city to petition the President for help In his fictional African nation, Chinua Achebe presents a notion of faltering government from within and without From the perspectives of a government Commissioner Chris , the Editor in Chief of the national newspaper Ikem and the woman important to them both Beatrice , we [...]


    8. Another fantastic book by Chinua Achebe The novel details the events leading up to a military coup from the perspective of the president s dictator s inner circle of college friends The strong main female character is almost like an apology from Achebe for leaving women out of Things Fall Apart This is a fantastic read that picks up after the first 40 pages or so As people who live in the U.S we have a unique sense of political stability that we often take for granted, and this novel is a portra [...]


    9. One thing I like about this novel is Achebe s use of creole forms It s probably the first novel I read with extensive use of non standard English, and I remember finding it a little difficult at first I also found it intriguing, though, and that interest persists Standards in language are overrated.


    10. I managed to finish it in reasonable time That speaks to it s ability to keep meengaged I was, at first, annoyed by the pidgin, but then I started to follow it and ended up enjoying it a little.The fictitious land of Kangan andit s capital city Bassa The province of Abazon and the anthills found there.Book 1 done and dusted Kangan, aka Nigeria for it bears an unmistakable resemblance to that country I have been to visit you What country shall follow next Stay tuned hahaha Abookfromeverycountryin [...]


    11. This is a curious one it begins so intriguingly like the best of political satires, and ends as a bundle of cliches and unambiguous ambiguities In short, it chronicles the decay of Sam , a dictator of a fictional West African country, his sanity, and his military dictatorship The whole of it, like much of Achebe s work, mirrors and comments on the works of Joseph Conrad I d say this one is a mirror of Lord Jim All of the male characters are Lord Jim they are Romantic, Intellectual, and view spoi [...]


    12. Anthills of Savannah is a story of a nation facing the political conundrum of a new found independence After years of ruling, it is expected that a country 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 [...]


    13. I wanted to like this book than I did Things Fall Apart is one of my absolute favourite books so I was looking forward to this read.The story is a slow burn It took until about 3 4 of the way through the book before any level of tension began to build, although when it did, the story became quite engaging, particularly with regards to Ikem s rabble rousing I didn t dislike this book it had a lot to reveal about the problems facing post colonial African societies Yet I didn t particularly enjoy [...]


    14. I feel like this was a really great book for someone who is not me I had a difficult time following a lot of the action he switches POVs frequently and the dialogue, much of which is in a pigeon dialect that has a fantastic effect but I found almost impossible to understand The story itself is gripping, but distant The book is concerned with making a philosophical point than in telling a yarn.This was a barb thrown at the heart of post colonial Africa Unfortunately, I was not familiar enough wi [...]


    15. I read this translation parallel to the original I gave the original three stars, therefore I give this one two The translation was not my style too distant formal, the intended reader must be someone completely different from myself.I will be writing a review of this translation for the Dutch platform Stemmen van Afrika a link will follow.


    16. Great Achebe does a very good job at describing the internal struggles of an authoritarian regime, but he also develops very attractive and interesting characters while doing so.


    17. Achebe proves yet again that traditional tribal beliefs have a place in African modernity A tragic, yet beautiful story of the effects of power in postcolonial Africa.


    18. One of the best books from Africa that I have read in a long while This is a thinly veiled commentary on Nigeria today The storyline is reflective of Africa s prevailing political ethos A seemingly benevolent dictator takes over from an unbiasedly corrupt democracy the dictator decides to stay in power only till conditions are restored for democracy people are exploited the ruling class is full of sycophantic country brutes intellectual opposition is snuffed out literally surreptitiously times a [...]


    19. Drie jeugdvrienden worden invloedrijke personen in een fictief Afrikaans land Chris is de Commissaris van Informatie in het kabinet van zijn jeugdvriend Zijne Excellentie, zijn vriend Ikem is de behoorlijk onafhankelijke hoofdredacteur van de nationale krant Zijne Excellentie voelt zich steeds ongemakkelijker bij zijn jeugdvrienden en zijn blikveld verwijdert zich steeds verder van de realiteit En dat betekent dat zijn jeugdvrienden steeds bedreigender voor hem worden en eigenlijk moeten verdwij [...]


    20. Anthills of the Savannah presents the establishment and subsequent fall of a tyrannic yet legal regime in the fictitious country of Kangan Having read Chinua Achebe s Things Fall Apart and Arrow of Gods, I was already aware of his storytelling mastery With Anthills of the Savannah I was very curious how storytelling can meet the topic of ruthless politics First, snappy anecdotes describe the birth of a tyrant, the struggle between humanity and power, and the depredation of a people Second, the d [...]


    21. Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe s novel about the coming of colonialism This is his book about a newly independent country trying to found and find itself and is, perhaps, even better.A military coup has overthrown the civilian government and the military leader is becoming dictatorial, especially when dealing with any hints of unrest or protest It is not clear whether this military leader is based on any one particular historical figure, or whether the pattern shows a generic tendency of su [...]


    22. This was the second book studied in our World Literatures in English class It had a tough act to follow our first book was the most excellent Green Grass, Running Water.Anthills takes place in a fictional African country, Kangan, after it has gained independence from Britain It centres on three figures Sam, the dictator of Kangan the newspaper editor guy whose name I can t remember right this second and Chris, the Minister for Information The story chronicles Sam s dictatorship, circumstances th [...]


    23. This is not a brilliant book It has its moments but I found it dragged a lot despite being, objectively, quite a lightweight book I found the plot a little muddled and it didn t seem to ever head in a very clear direction The finale is definitely very underwhelming.The book did have some moments of comedy, I think my most favourite quote is one of the quotes about when one of the government ministers was studying in Britain, During my first year in Britain I saw Welsh Rarebit on the menu one fin [...]


    24. I went ahead and finished this book, even though I wasn t really enjoying it I don t usually do that, but because it was small enough and concerned with real life Africa, I thought I would give it a chance I just couldn t really latch on to the style, I guess Also, I think I m not familiar enough with post colonial Africa for it to make a lot of sense to me The parts written in dialiect were really difficult to understand, and I think there is probably a lot of symbolic meaning throughout the bo [...]


    25. Conformism is probably the best word to describe Chris s behavior towards Sam the dictator who puts himself before the nation When Chris agrees to be a part of Sam s commission as the Minister of Information, he was not alert to what awaited, and could hardly have predicted the riskiness in this strange and poisonous game, as Achebe describes it p 2 But it was already too late for Chris to resign his post Staying around was the only way to guarantee his survival and find out which direction circ [...]


    26. Set in the fictional West African country of Kangan soon after a military coup, Anthills of the Savannah is Achebe s great literary satire of his own Nigeria The novel centres around the lives of 3 friends Chris,Beatrice and Ikem who are all, in one form or another, dissident voices under the new military regime Eventually the new Sandhurst trained ruler Sam toppled, and Chris the government s commissioner for information is also killed Whilst not as famous as Achebe s first novel Things Fall Ap [...]


    27. ok, i ll rarely admit to this i couldn t finish this book perhaps one day i ll pick up where i left off, but for now, back on the shelf it goes i adore chinua achebe i wanted to adore this book with the same fervor as things fall apart, but, even when i do complete it, i don t think that will happen i can t claim a scholarly knowledge of his work, so i can t say this is his best or worst he took an interesting angle writing this one a complicated angle, and a strange writing style that i found [...]


    28. Political positions, epistemologies and ontologies in a newly instituted military state We follow the stories mainly of two writers a journalist and his English grad girlfriend and a poet who were friends in a prestigious colonial school and their rise to governmental malaise as media writers with their militia man classmate As His Excellency s wishes are disseminated through his state sanctioned media, paranoia, and downfall.It s interesting how story is taken up in this book, and needs further [...]


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