Uneven account of African torment
There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Kevin Power.
There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe's literary fame rests largely on two pieces of writing. The first, of course, is his classic debut novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which describes in clear, resonant prose the destruction wrought upon one Igbo tribe when European colonisers arrive in their village. The second is an essay, An Image of Africa (1975), in which Achebe takes to task Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and concludes that...
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