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The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essaysby Chinua Achebe
Synopses & Reviews
From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart and winner of the Man Booker International Prize comes a new collection of autobiographical essayshis first new book in more than twenty years.
Chinua Achebes characteristically measured and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. In a preface, he discusses his historic visit to his Nigerian homeland on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart, the story of his tragic car accident nearly twenty years ago, and the potent symbolism of President Obamas election. In “The Education of a British-Protected Child,” Achebe gives us a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its “middle ground,” recalling both his happy memories of reading novels in secondary school and the harsher truths of colonial rule. In “Spelling Our Proper Name,” Achebe considers the African-American diaspora, meeting and reading Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, and learning what it means not to know “from whence he came.” The complex politics and history of Africa figure in “What Is Nigeria to Me?,” “Africas Tarnished Name,” and “Politics and Politicians of Language in African Literature.” And Achebes extraordinary family life comes into view in “My Dad and Me” and “My Daughters,” where we observe the effect of Christian missionaries on his father and witness the culture shock of raising “brown” children in America.
Charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and steadfastly wise, The Education of a British-Protected Child is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre.
From the Hardcover edition.
From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart comes a new collection of autobiographical essays—his first new book in more than twenty years.
Chinua Achebe’s characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. From a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria to considerations on the African-American Diaspora, from a glimpse into his extraordinary family life and his thoughts on the potent symbolism of President Obama’s elections—this charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and steadfastly wise collection is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre.
About the Author
Chinua Achebe is the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. He was, for over 15 years, the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He is the author of five novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize. He lives with his wife in Providence, Rhode Island.
Table of Contents
The Education of a British-Protected Child
The Sweet Aroma of Zik's Kitchen: Growing Up in the Ambience of a Legend
My Dad and Me
What Is Nigeria to Me?
Spelling Our Proper Name
Africa's Tarnished Name
Politics and Politicians of Language in African Literature
African Literature as Restoration of Celebration
Teaching Things Fall Apart
Martin Luther King and Africa
The University and the Leadership Factor in Nigerian Politics
Africa Is People
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