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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 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 portrait of the many times of violence that regularly mark political change in so many countries across the world Stick with this one it s definitely worth the read Achebe writing at the peak of his powers Powerfully evocative. 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 Acheb 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 While I liked the romance shared by Chris and Beatrice Sometimes when I thought of her what came most readily to my mind was not roses or music but a good and tastefully produced book, easy on the eye No pretentious distractions Absolutely sound , and how both seriousness and satire were captured masterfully within the dialogue, the book started a little late for me and most of the story took place within the dialogue, losing me at times Anthills of the Savannah is set in the fictitious West African country of Kangan, which is marked by social unrest and political intrigue While it is Achebe s fifth novel, it is the fourth novel of his that I ve read after the African Trilogy, the first of which Things Fall Apart was one of my favorite books in high school Anthills is definitely the weakest of the bunch The beginning is rough you are thrown into an unclear situation which, at least for me, rather than generating interest mo Anthills of the Savannah is set in the fictitious West African country of Kangan, which is marked by social unrest and political intrigue While it is Achebe s fifth novel, it is the fourth novel of his that I ve read after the African Trilogy, the first of which Things Fall Apart was one of my favorite books in high school Anthills is definitely the weakest of the bunch The beginning is rough you are thrown into an unclear situation which, at least for me, rather than generating interestfrequently annoys and, while the story does become better andinteresting as the novel progresses, it still feels rather flat overall Not just flat in terms of failing to evoke an emotional response, but some parts also come across as artificial the bits of social and political criticism which, though fascinating at times, appear to be thrown into the story rather than organically emerging from it Achebe at his best, at the peak of his career as an imaginative, creative writer The language isdense than his earlier novels, and at last women givenprominence 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 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 me spinning in circles and his philosophical arguments were beyond my reach It s a book that needs to be re read and read slowly, methodically The reader needs some background information on the cultural and political history of Nigeria during this time of which I am woefully ignorant 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 gaine 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 power Sounds like an interesting premise, but don t be fooled 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 Bea 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 are shown a crumbling regime from both a humorous and a tragic point of view.The anthills of the title, an image re used throughout the novel, are manyfold They represent the indecision and hesitation of government officials to question their leader, burying themselves like ants in the dry soil of the savannah They represent cracks in the landscape brought to light by the death of vegetation because of the oppressive sun a metaphorical parallel to the fractures in a government exposed by incompetence from above As in other African literature, however, as physical features of the land they also stand on their own merits blisters on the earth itself, a punishment from above.Achebe s novel is difficult in that there is no moral absolute No character is flawless and though there is a clear desire on the part of the reader for the government to fall, it is unclear what it would achieve and what would replace it What is clear is the distinction made between the educated characters and the peasants as they are known in an integral speech given by the Editor, Ikem Not only in terms of the comparisons between how they live, but also in their speech itself.The central group of characters around which the novel revolves speak in a formal, perfect English The divide between class manifests itself in a dense pidgin dialect that almost makes those characters too difficult to understand Ironically, some of the most profound statements are made by these characters, and the novel is concluded on a question phrased to an English educated Beatrice from Ikem s girlfriend in this dialect.In a way, it causes the reader to question the truly important characters in the novel Chris often talks about how he, the President, and Ikem are the three most important people in Kangan, but in a way he is incorrect Ikem s fundamentally communist ideals would argue that it is the peasants and workers that are the important citizens, and indeed it is these proletariat that end up moving the plot and the fall of the government forward.Achebe s writing often has a very distinct agenda a quality that his characters defend in Anthills of the Savannah as an admirable trait in itself, because everyone has an agenda it is up to them whether or not it is advertised In this case, forcing the reader to decipher the dialect that is in many ways completely divorced from English is paramount at first, the dialog is so incomprehensible it feels almost natural to dismiss it, ignore it, and focus instead on what we readily understand But, throughout reading the novel, we learn how important those characters and their words are, and sympathize with themeffectively Though manipulative, it is a manipulation that teaches us to question our very instincts, and stays with us beyond just the reading of the novel This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 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 other response butviolence.The novel follows three characters through this maelstrom Chris Oriko, the Minister of Information and Ikem Osodi, a poet and editor of a newspaper, and Beatrice Okoh, a Minister of Finance and Chris s girlfriend These characters, drawn together under His Excellency s web, have to fight for their very survival as the state of Kangan is plunged into chaos.Whereas A Man of the People allowed us to witness the build up to a coup through the eyes of just one figure, the naive Odili, Anthills of the Savannah s greatest strength is its disparate view points and experimental style As I noted in a previous review, A Man of the People was Achebe s first attempt at a first person narration Anthills of the Savannah takes this one step further three first person narrations that fill the first half of the novel and then a switch to third person This experimental form proves a great advantage for Achebe, as it allows him the power to oscillate between contrasting viewpoints, and proves a great tool for heightening this already tense novel At one point we are inside Chris s head, desperate to know what it is Beatrice is really thinking It is this mastery of the form that earned Anthills of the Savannah a Booker Prize nomination in 1987 beaten by Penelope Lively for Moon Tiger.Achebe concerns himself with the questions of how such situations are allowed to arise in Africa Chris Oriko poses at the opening of the novel looking back on the last two years it should be possible to point to a decisive event and say it was at such and such a point that everything went wrong and the rules were suspended But I have not found such a moment or such a cause P.2 If Chris Oriko has not found it, the rest of the novel is an exposition that would seem to indicate that it is not there to be found Events are caused by a confluence of other events, many times simply trivial, sometimes even apparently unconnected And yet the characters in this novel strive to find a meaning Ikem Osodi, the poet, seeks his meaning in words Chris keeps lecturing me on the futility of my crusading editorials They achieve nothing They antagonise everybody They are essays in overkill They re counter productive Poor Chris By now he probably believes the crap too The line I have taken with him is perhaps too subtle But supposing my crusading editorials were indeed futile would I not be obliged to keep on writing them To think that Chris no longer seems to understand such logic Perhaps I should learn to deal with him along his own lines and jog his short memory with the many successes my militant editorials have had P.38 But Ikem is silenced the newspaper is taken away from him Words do not explain or justify the actions committed in and against Kangan and its people Beatrice opens his eyes by telling Ikem that his politics and his knowledge I tell him he has no clear role for women in his political thinking and he doesn t seem able to understand it P.91 This accusation shakes Ikem s world view to its very foundations, though he does admit I can t tell you what the new role for Woman will be I don t know I should never have presumed to know You have to tell us P.98 This is important When the words and actions of Ikem and Chris have failed, it is the words and actions of Beatrice that will alter civilisation in Kangan Ikem s girlfriend gives birth to their child, and Beatrice organises the naming ceremony Ordinary the naming of a child would be a man s task, but with their men dead or still fighting the women name the child A male guest responds Do you know why I am laughing like this I am laughing because in you young people our world has met its match Yes You have put the world where it should sit P.227 The men of Kangan have fought and died, but it is the women that shall inherit this earth and have to rise upon it Here we see the role of woman in the world, something Ikem could not see or express with words, and what Chris, the man of action, would never have fought for.In the middle of Achebe s novel there is an extract from David Diop s poem Africa Africa tell me AfricaIs this you this back that is bentThis back that breaks under the weight of humiliationThis back trembling with red scarsAnd saying yes to the whip under the midday sun P.134 We are bought full circle, back to the arguments Achebe has been making since Things Fall Apart That Africans accepted the subjugation from the west too readily, that they did not put up a fight And now, with a back still trembling with red stars, they allow this to continue, under dictators and tin pot rulers They are complicit in their own shame Achebe at the end of this novel seems to be saying that African society needs to be integrated, with women as important as men, as the poor as level as the rich It is an idealist view that brings about The bitter taste of liberty David Diop s poem concludes with.Anthills of the Savannah still remains Achebe s last novel, twenty one years after its first publication It took him twenty one years to write though he wrote poetry, essays and children s stories in that time , and so by this reckoning we should be about due his next novel Last year in the Guardian newspaper he admitted to writing one, but following a car crash that left him paralysed in 1990 he stated that it was difficult to write for very long each day The five novels Chinua Achebe has published so far have been deep, intelligent novels, engaged with Africa s history and political life, and one wishes to hear his view on the way that country, and particularly Nigeria, has lived in the past twenty years It is a safe bet to say that it will be damning, political, and relevant Chinua Achebe is a writer of immense standing, and reading his five novels I have been struck again and again at the depth and poetry of his language, and the insight he provides into, for me, an otherwise unknown culture He is fully deserving of the title of The Father of Modern African Writing which was bestowed upon him when he was awarded the 2007 Man Booker International Prize `Download Pdf ↿ Anthills of the Savannah ↚ Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst educated President of Kangan In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love and remain friends But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe s candid vision of contemporary African politics, is a powerful fusion of angry voices It continues the journey that Achebe began with his earlier novels, tracing the history of modern Africa through colonialism and beyond, and is a work ultimately filled with hope