The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe

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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.

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About Chinua Achebe

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Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. He died in 2013.
Published October 5, 2009 by Anchor. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Chinua Achebe’s essays on colonial and post-colonial Africa juxtapose ostensibly mild personal anecdotes with serious political reflection.

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“In spite of serious cultural differences,” he writes, “it is possible for readers in the West to identify, even deeply, with characters and situations in an African novel.” The Education of a British-Protected Chi...

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But the reader cannot help recalling that in the decade since Achebe first published this, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the heart of darkness again, with millions killed in war, tens of thousands of women raped and Mbuti pygmies allegedly cannibalised.

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Summary: A collection of autobiographical essays by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.

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