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Home and Exile By Chinua Achebe,

  • Title: Home and Exile
  • Author: Chinua Achebe
  • ISBN: 9781841953854
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chinua Achebe is Africa s most prominent writer His fiction and poetry burn with a passionate commitment to political justice, bringing to life not only Africa s troubled encounters with Europe but also the dark side of contemporary African political life Now, in Home and Exile, Achebe reveals the man behind his powerful work.
    Home and Exile Chinua Achebe is Africa s most prominent writer His fiction and poetry burn with a passionate commitment to political justice bringing to life not only Africa s troubled encounters with Europe but al

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    1. The Empire Writes Back would have been a fitting alternative title for this essay collection Achebe doesn t fail to pay a tribute to Salman Rushdie s essay of the same name published in 1982 Because that is what the running theme here is a reclamation of a land and a culture that was wrested away with brutal force and made a part of an Empire which still insists on viewing that period as one of glory and not characterized by the worst kind of human rights violation ever And a heralding of the ar [...]

    2. This is a very short book which contains several essays Achebe delivered as public lectures late on in his life at Harvard As an introduction to Achebe s life and career I think they would work very well I was especially interested in how he delineated the growth of African literature and the way in which it was received in the west Also fascinating sobering is his account of British imperial rule of Nigeria and the colonial education he received This includes interesting observations about powe [...]

    3. This review is of a statement on personal experiences than a proper review but is still relevant to the book, I promise _ Although I am glad to report that the dismissal of black African and or Asian writers writing about their experiences of their homelands in favour of white European or American writers is not as commonplace as it was in Achebe s day, I love this small collection of essays I love Chinua Achebe for highlighting and therefore validating the frustration I have often felt through [...]

    4. I must say, the man is absolutely amazing and brilliant The book, which is beautifully written, short, and easy to follow I mean, it s Achebe, what else would you expect , discusses the history of literature about Africa the British literature before and during the colonial period, and the African literature emerging in the 50 s and 60 s It is a polemic not only against shallow treatments of African culture in the literature, but in favor of African yuppies holding true to their roots and develo [...]

    5. This short book is based on a series of lectures given at an American University after the author had moved to this country It s a primer for anyone, like me, woefully unfamiliar with fiction written in Africa by Africans about Africans in Africa It examines how colonialism first suppressed, then condescended to, novels and stories from or about Africa unless they were written by whites Good education was available to at least a few in a then colony like Nigeria, but it was all based on English [...]

    6. This is the second time of reading Three fantastic essay on the development of African writing from the arrogant colonial writing of white Europeans to the reclamation of the African story by the great African writers we know today.

    7. On the back of the book, Home and Exile is described as his first fully autobiographical work Achebe recalls his childhood and early adulthood and reveals the man behind the writing I don t know about you, but that got me thinkin it was ol Achebe spilling his story it is not There s a cringeworthy quote on the back by some tool named Richard Flanagan, who deems it necessary to say Home and Exile shines through the cold cant of our winter of new empires, doing for stories what spring does for apr [...]

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Chinua Achebe presents the case of why the African voice is needed to tell the African story He does this effectively through inviting the reader to explore the times where the African voice was largely absent in literature which told the story of the African continent He largely criticises writers such as Joseph Conrad, Joyce Cary and Elspeth Huxley s demeaning portrayal of Africa However, in The Empire fights back , Achebe praises and encourages the emergence of [...]

    9. When I first started this book I surprisingly liked it It is far from the normal book I read, but I was surprised how easy it was to follow and enjoy However, about half way through I lost momentum and started questioning what I was reading To keep it short, I have different opinions on what we discussed and I started to feel like the book was contradicting itself quite a bit But nonetheless, it s core message isn t the worst thing in the world.

    10. A book written by an African of his own Africa and of his own natives The first lecture was moving with which I was able to smell the fragrance of African soil, culture innocence of people, which was indicated by terms like Ezebuilo which means a King is an Enemy, an intense feeling of not wanting a king or leader which was very different than the west like Germany the east like in India, where people always looked for a Hero or a Savior Achebe not only tells about his Africa but tells about how [...]

    11. I think Achebe is a great novelist, and I expected to learn a lot from reading this selection of lectures But I was disappointed First, Achebe goes over well worn and familiar ground most of what he discusses was cutting edge in the sixties and seventies, not the nineties,when this book was published Second, he chooses two writers for specific ridicule, Elspeth Huxley and Buchi Emecheta Call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever, but I wonder why both of his poster children for imperialism and Af [...]

    12. In 1958 Chinua Achebe published Things Fall Apart, the novel that helped usher in a new wave of African literature Until that point literature concerning African had been written by European colonials, and was rife with derogatory depictions of African people and their varied cultures With the contributions of Camara Laye, Amos Tutuola, and Chinua Achebe, amongst others, there came a rebellion of sorts the African novel, going against an age old practice the colonization of one people s story by [...]

    13. A nice, short essay Achebe muses about why he became a writer, the evolution of British and African writing about Africa, and what he thinks of other post colonial writers It includes nice anecdotes such as how he watched the opening of the first post office in his village in Nigeria, and therefore its incorporation into the vast postal system of the British empire It also describes his first visit to London, where he, just like nearly everyone else from the British Commonwealth, witnessed for t [...]

    14. This short essay by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is all about the need of a people to tell their own stories Achebe writes about the books he read in school, including books about Africa by European writers In a mellow, humorous style, he describes the melodramatic image of the African that he kept coming across Then he discusses the explosion of new African writers in the 50s and 60s, and the reactions to this writing Achebe tells us very little of his own story, but he does tell us why he wri [...]

    15. A collection of three essays, this is a must read for readers interested in Achebe s work or in African literature Though the collection goes quickly, Achebe s works are packed with a depth of thought and passion for the history behind the developments and literatures he discusses Absolutely worthwhile for all those who think they might have a slight interest in the work, and certainly for all those engaged in writing and teaching literature.

    16. Sharp, insightful, and concise while still leaving room for intriguing tangents about literature by and from Africa I appreciate Achebe s balance between personal storytelling and literary essaying The book moved briskly than I liked, undercutting opportunities for deeper questioning and thinking, finally settling this book in the range of overview It definitely feels like what it is lectures adapted into text.

    17. He took a parcel to the post office for dispatch to his people in Nigeria A lady at the counter took it from him and weighed it To do the calculation for postage she looked again at the address and said Nigeria Is Nigeria ours or French To which Solarin, a very austere man, replied Nigeria is yours, madam.

    18. Three lecture lectures that Chinua Achebe gave at for better and for worse Harvard His analysis of the distinction between nations and tribes alone made it worth pulling off the Shakespeare shelf at the Walnut Street Library.

    19. Terribly boring I ve heard Chinua is a great writer, and I do not doubt that, but this book made me want to go to sleep It s not really a biography, of a book of essays by himself Maybe a good book if you are interested in african rights, but otherwise, no, don t read it.

    20. Interesting, includes criticque of V.S Naipul, who was compared to writer of Maximum City.Chinua Achebe is among those writers mentioned early on by President Obama in his book, Dreams From my Father.

    21. For someone like me, who knows next to nothing about African literature and history and very little about the author , this is a fascinating read Achebe writes with clarity and grace He s obviously quite brilliant Can t wait to read his fiction.

    22. I love the other earlier books I have read by Achebe Home and Exile is a discussion a lecture Achebe delivered on the emergence of African literature in the post colonial experience.

    23. Absolutely delectable The type of wit that could only come from a postcolonial, transnational displaced author like Achebe.

    24. A great rumination on the unique experience of being from one place, experiencing another place, and feeling connected and disconnected from both.

    25. Excellent series of essays by one of the most influential African writers and thinkers of the 20th century He provides a lot of insight into the nature of the colonized mind and its effects.

    26. i had a glimpse of the man behind such illustrious works as things fall apart ,arrow of God etc through this work was my first time reading something autobiographical by this celebrated writer

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