The Anthills of the Savannah Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Chinua Achebe The novel Anthills of the Savanah is a socio-political commentary set in the fictitious nation of Kangan. : Anthills of the Savannah (): Chinua Achebe: Books. Anthills of the Savannah and millions of other books are available for. Mar 22, The novels of the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe present an essential Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe’s first novel in more than 20 years.

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Achebe describes the chaotic political situation thorough the eyes of three friends: Achebe describes the political situation through the experiences of three friends: Expectedly, she speaks Pidgin English which is a lingua franca of the lower-class and semi-illiterate society. I felt that I might have been missing some vital clues in the pidgin dialogue that was oftentimes too hard to follow.

Looking for More Great Reads? After two years without rain or aid from Bassa, the seat of power, six elders have come antthills the city to petition the President for help. Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan.

The plot was an interesting idea, but it was decidedly more of a chore to get through than Green Grass. For this reason, she would not do any work on Saturdays, not even to light a stove. This is a thinly veiled commentary on Nigeria today. This power issue can also be found in most of Soyinka’s works.

Compare and contrast the leadership qualities of Chris and Major Sam. After the meeting, Ikem goes out savanja where he parked his car and a policeman on duty at the hotel accuses him of not putting on his parking lights. She is one of guests at the dinner organised by Major Sam.

He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apartwhich is the most widely read book in modern African literature. The rest is a meandering, third-rate political satire that nobody has asked for, and cahebe nobody can learn from.


I managed to finish it in reasonable time. After his short lecture, which Ikem actually calls a meditation, the audience cry out for more.

Unfortunately, friendship has been bastardized these days.

The drought in Abazon symbolizes the denial of people basic fundamental social amenities. As they wait for the taxi, Elewa, who does not like the idea of her going back home instead of spending the night with Ikem, continues to nag and pester him in Pidgin. 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.

In order to silence his critics, especially the feminists, Achebe has time to portray a few women realistically in Anthills of the Savannah.

Compare Achebe’s portrayal of women in Anthills of the Savannah with his earlier novels. The press understands his message as a call for regicide.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

A tragic, yet beautiful story of the effects of power in postcolonial Africa. Although it has often been argued that men are pathological sexual animals, one would not have expected Major Sam to descend so low to attempt anthillx rape his subordinate.

She visits Bassa, the Capital of Kangan for a fact finding mission. The relationship between Chris and Beatrice and that of Ikem and Elewa is healthy. The White Bearded Chief: In his fictional African nation, Chinua Achebe presents a notion of faltering government from within and without. Like Jesus, Chris gives his life that she may live. Achebe strives to capture this standard template of vitiation with an orginality and passion that elicits a level of empathy and passion against the ruling elite.

And yet the characters in this novel strive to find a meaning.

Not quite long the Army Council announces his Major Ossai’s promotion to the rank of full colonel. Again, we should not cihnua the fact that one of the tactics of every successive military government, especially after a coup, is to sympathise with the plight of the people in order to gain acceptance and legitimacy. Words do not explain or justify the actions committed in and against Kangan and its people.

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She is not the only person who does this. Last year in the Savanan newspaper he admitted to writing one, but following a car crash that left him paralysed in he stated that it was difficult to write for very long each day.

You know my stand on that. Charles Johnson, writing for the Washington Postpraised the book, but faulted Achebe for failing to fully flesh out his characters. After an hour of thorough search, they leave without discovering the object of their search.

It’s a book that needs to be re-read and read slowly, methodically. He is Mad Madico’s visitor from England and the founder of the new poetry magazine called Reject. After a few sexual bouts, Beatrice tells Chris how Major Sam made an attempt to rape her. Even after the death of the trio, there is no hope for an ideal government.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

Inhe got an admission into University College, Ibadan in Southwest Nigeria where he was intent on reading Science and Medicine, but he soon changed to Literary Studies and received his Bachelor of Arts in English in Feb 20, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: She is Beatrice’s late sister.

When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria inAchebe became a devoted supporter of Biafran independence and served as ambassador for the people of the new nation.

LitFlash Athills eBooks you want at the lowest prices. He is a soldier who has soft spot for the so-called bloody civilians.

After Ikem has been carefully assassinated by the power-drunk military junta, Chris is the next wnthills of elimination as he is declared wanted by wavanna police who accuse him of exposing the excesses of the government to foreign media.

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