9780307272553

The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays

ISBN 10: 0307272559 / 0-307-27255-9
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Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Hardcover
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A latest volume of autobiographical essays by the Man Booker International Prize-winning author of Things Fall Apart includes such pieces as "African-American Visitations," "What Is Nigeria to Me?" and "Politics of the Politicians of Language."

Review:
"Here style is substance as Achebe writes with generosity, reason, and elegant clarity about the perpetual struggles between tyranny and resistance, denial and remembrance."

Donna Seaman, Booklist, 10/01/2009

Review:
"[W]hen Nigerian-born Chinua Achebe first applied for a passport, he discovered that he was defined as a 'British Protected Person.' British protection assumed the humiliation and denial of dignity of colonialism but also allowed for the unpredictable in human affairs....In all of these essays, Achebe generously locates and describes this unpredictable area. His own missionary education, his decision to write in English and his native Igbo, his participation in international panels and ceremonies, his acceptance of literary prizes and fellowships all occupy this area."

Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe, 10/25/2009

 

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Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 224 x 145 mm. Brand New Book. From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart and winner of the Man Booker International Prize comes a new collection of autobiographical essays--his first new book in more than twenty years. Chinua Achebe s characteristically measured and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. In a preface, he discusses his historic visit to his Nigerian homeland on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart, the story of his tragic car accident nearly twenty years ago, and the potent symbolism of President Obama s election. In The Education of a British-Protected Child, Achebe gives us a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its middle ground, recalling both his happy memories of reading novels in secondary school and the harsher truths of colonial rule. In Spelling Our Proper Name, Achebe considers the African-American diaspora, meeting and reading Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, and learning what it means not to know from whence he came. The complex politics and history of Africa figure in What Is Nigeria to Me?, Africa s Tarnished Name, and Politics and Politicians of Language in African Literature. And Achebe s extraordinary family life comes into view in My Dad and Me and My Daughters, where we observe the effect of Christian missionaries on his father and witness the culture shock of raising brown children in America. Charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and steadfastly wise, The Education of a British-Protected Child is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre. Bookseller Inventory # LVN9780307272553

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