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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. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this bitterly ironic novel by the Nigerian author of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God and The Man of the People is at times more of a. 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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The landscape of Abazon is dry — a parched, sun-bleached Kangan desert pockmarked by anthills. This background is reflected in his literary works. And yet the characters in this novel strive to find a meaning. There is a rumour that he is one of the smugglers with fifty companies and a bank. Anthills of the Savannah Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan. Again, Achebe uses Miss Granford and other prominent female characters to silence his critics who always accuse him of sparsely representing women in his novels.

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Arguably, not all women would be as courageous as Beatrice in a moment of temptation and “opportunity” like this. Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist”.

In Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe writes about the problems facing newly independent African states. She seems to draw her strength from all sources—a first class graduate from a western university and a product of a mission school. Arrow of God is also about a traditional Igbo village man, Ezeulu, who cannot adapt to the change brought about by colonialism. Therefore he doesn’t ride a company car to work, but drives by himself in an old beat-up car.

The novel details the events anthille up to a military coup from the perspective of the president’s dictator’s inner circle of college friends. I find it tragic and true. Ikem Osodi, the poet, seeks his meaning in words.

Chinua’s father was a Christian churchman and he attended elite schools; the Government College in Umuahia and University College in Ibadan.


Compare Achebe’s portrayal of women in Anthills of the Savannah with his earlier novels. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Chris however apologises to thd when he discovers that she is crying.

Power A critical analysis will reveal that Achebe is talking about the issue of power in the novel.

While it anyhills Achebe’s fifth novel, it is the fourth novel of his that I’ve read—after the African Trilogy, the first of which Things Fall Apart was one of my favorite books in high school. From this, we can also deduce that the death or exit of one oppressive military dictator in Africa does not in any way eradicate or assuage suffering but rather, it is an entrance of another dictator who comes with his cohorts to perpetrate more sufferings.

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She is Ikem’s neighbour’s wife. The shifting narrative styles are formally anthllls. The novel is set in a fictional West-African state called Kangan sometime during or after the ‘s. I don’t wonder why Achebe names him “Guy” Guy mana name which is often used to denote an extravagant and irresponsible young man in Nigerian English.

Somehow I feel as if I’ve committed a crime by rating an Achebe book like this–big Chinua Achebe fan. Therefore the literature to come out of Africa is bound to be fundamentally different.

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The women are, of course, the biggest single group of oppressed people in the world and, zavannah we are to believe the Book of Genesis, the very oldest. We first see him chinau the chairman of the high-level inquiry set up by the Kangan Military junta to look into the purported scuffle between Ikem and the security officers who were sent to carry out his arrest for question.

Beatrice seems to be a type cast on whose sensibility the destiny of the entire nation is hinged. The fact that he’s built himself a luxurious lakeside mansion is another representation of this.

I promise you will love it! While I liked the romance shared chinnua Chris and Beatrice “Sometimes when I thought of her what came most readily to my mind was not roses or music but a good and tastefully produced book, easy on the eye.

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He is a minor character in the novel. That Africans accepted the subjugation from the west too readily, that they did not savanah up a fight. His friends help him to form a kitchen cabinet in Kangan with the headquarters in Bassa. He is the Commissioner for Works in Kangan.


Again, the age-long oppression of women is revealed in Ikem’s so-called love- letter to Beatrice. Achebe’s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of values during and after the acheeb era. Later in the day, Ikem is served with a letter of suspension signed by the purported Chairman of Kangan Newspapers Corporation, publishers of the National Gazette.

This is a thinly veiled commentary on Nigeria today. It is a form of punishment for the wrong doers. Now that Ikem is killed and the manhunt for Chris has resumed, the reader is quite curious to know what is going to happen next. Here we see the role of woman in qnthills world, something Ikem could not see or express with words, and what Chris, the man of action, would never have fought for.

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.

Man will surprise by his capacity for nobility as well as for villainy: Og we accept this argument, we can also conclude that the randy police officer wouldn’t have shot Chris if he had known that he was the former Commissioner for Information. Chris is de Commissaris van Informatie in het kabinet van zijn jeugdvriend Zijne Excellentie, zijn vriend Ikem is de behoorlijk onafhankelijke hoofdredacteur van de nationale krant. It seems achebr me that Mr Achebe uses anthills or termite mounds which are very common in Africa to symbolise independent selfish colonies which African despots have used the sweat of the people to build for themselves.

The contrast between these two women is also one of the themes of this book. To ask other readers questions about Anthills of the Savannahplease sign up. He was Ikem’s headmaster back in the primary school. There schebe no doubt that Major Sam is a greenhorn in the art of governance.