The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe's lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship. For the first thirty years of his life, before Nigeria's independence in 1960, Achebe was officially defined as a 'British Protected Person'.
This book is a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria.
Loved it, and would be re-reading soon. I feel like it was written for me. The narrator Fernandez, proved what a great performer he is by telling the story so well & masterfully, you'd think he wrote it!
In reading this book, I'm suddenly filled with an eagerness to make a change in the world, starting from my own country, my own immediate community, my own family.
You're a legend Achebe, thanks for the gift of this book - it's one for all ages.
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