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The internationally acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s novel Anthills of the Savannah () is set in the fictional West-African country Kangan in the. Anthills of the Savannah. Chinua Achebe. Published ONE. _First Witness– Christopher Oriko__. ‘YOU’RE WASTING EVERYBODY’S TIME, Mr. Anthills of the Savannah has ratings and reviews. Blood River by Tim Butcher Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The Poisonwood Bible by.

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It is this abuse of power Achebe is much concerned about.

Even in death, Zchebe don’t think that Sam merits forgiveness considering the untold hardship he has subjected Beatrice and Elewa who are now young widows to. Beatrice seems to be a type cast on whose sensibility the destiny of the entire nation is hinged. Quotes from Anthills of the S In the frenzy orgy, a police officer tries to rape a girl and Chris tries to rescue her and in the process, he is shot dead by the drunk police officer.

They represent cracks in the landscape brought to light by the death of vegetation because of the oppressive sun anthilks a metaphorical parallel to the fractures in a government exposed by incompetence from above.

The New York Times. 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. I wanted to like this book more than I did. When Ikem visits the Police Traffic Department, the Police Superintendent lambastes the errant officer, apologises to Ikem and asks the officer to return his particulars. It is also allegorical as power, the central theme of the novel is said to be naked.

He was the child of Isaiah Okafor Achebe, a Protestant missionary. In fact, Anthills of the Savannah which is the title of novel is another powerful symbol that I have found in the novel.

Anthills of the Savannah

Even in the Bible, when King Saul saw David who once helped him to kill his enemy as his enemy, he began to devise means to kill him. After contemplating the whereabouts of Elewa, Ikem’s girlfriend, Chris tries frantically to speak with the President, the Attorney General or Major Ossai about the abduction of Ikem but to no avail. Again, Achebe uses Miss Granford cbinua other prominent female characters to silence his critics who always accuse him of sparsely representing women in his novels.


Because his of ingenious use of words in chinuq columns, he became a popular figure in the country and his brilliancy made Chris nominate him for as a member of cabinet of Major Sam led junta.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

On their journey to the northern part of the country, they are stopped by a frenzied crowd of cops and civilians who have stopped a truckload of beer to celebrate the recent coup in the country. A week after Chris’s burial, Beatrice summons enough courage to resume work but she is still hunted by the frightening thoughts of her irreparable losses. The people ask the government to help but the government refuses. They are essays in overkill. As a younger man, he was an Anglo maniac. In anger and despair, Braimoh runs after the trigger-happy cop but cannot apprehend him.

Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist”. When the Eastern Region declared itself independent under the name Biafra, Achebe decided to join his fellow Ibos. Beatrice’s apartment soon becomes a temporary home and centre of political debates for her visitors who have been part of her life in recent time.

Anthills Of/Savannah

About Anthills of the Savannah A searing satire of political corruption and social injustice from the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart In the fictional West African nation of Kangan, newly independent of Acehbe rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship.

Elewa’s newborn baby at the end of the novel is a symbol of hope and regeneration not only for Beatrice and Elewa but also for the people of Kangan. When Major Sam becomes a monstrous despot, Ikem and Sam become activists who champion a antgills struggle to free the masses from his oppressive tyranny. He is a minor character in the novel. Yet I didn’t particularly enjoy most of it either, as I struggled to develop any real interest in the narrative as it unfolded.


I believe that Emily must have been very dear to Beatrice. Again, he moves on to give a fair share of his candid opinion on the excesses and corrupt practices of government employees chinnua even university students such as hectic billing procedures, theft, arson, tribalism, rioting, religious extremism and electoral merchandising. To think that Chris no longer seems to understand such logic! Radical Struggle Another major theme I have found in Anthills of the Savannah is radical struggle which is ongoing in the continent.

Oct 27, Ben Dutton rated it it was amazing. The press understands his message as a call for regicide. Perhaps the point Mr Achebe tries to make here is that even in an irresponsible and corrupt military regime, there are few people in uniform who still possess some sense of sanity and fair judgment like the Police Superintendent.

Arguably, every society is in a continuum of finding an ideal government which will make every citizen happy.

A Man of the People. 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 fictionalizedas 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.

One may wonder why Beatrice employs a semi illiterate as a maid.