Anthills of the Savannah has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Lord Acton’s Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely plus life a. Anthills of the Savannah. Chinua Achebe. Published ONE. _First Witness– Christopher Oriko__. ‘YOU’RE WASTING EVERYBODY’S TIME, Mr. Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe’s first novel in more than 20 years, continues his exploration and condemnation of political corruption in.

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While watching Elewa eat, Beatrice sinks savannab deep thought reminiscing the backgrounds of the two women—Elewa and Agatha. Much time passed before I could make myself knock off the final 20 pages, not a good sign. The Quest for Good Governance: Zijne Excellentie voelt zich steeds ongemakkelijker bij zijn jeugdvrienden en zijn blikveld verwijdert zich steeds verder van de realiteit.

Anthills of the Savannah centres around three personages—Chris, Sam and Ikem.

She gives the command, she is the judge to decide whether he is worthy or not? I went ahead and anthill this book, even though I wasn’t really enjoying it.

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He wouldn’t mind sacrificing his own life for Thr if need be. There appears to be a lot of confusion in the book -not just in the story, but in the writing style also.

Read more from the Study Guide. Expectedly, she speaks Pidgin English which is a lingua franca of the lower-class and semi-illiterate society. Dec 18, Cheryl rated it liked it Shelves: Nigeria gets her independence from Britain inbut she can not get rid of exploitation and anyhill and what is more tragic is that she begins to be exploited by her own people. The only way to hang Chris is to give him a bad name. The parts written in dialiect were really difficult to understand, and I think there is probably a lot of symbolic meaning throughout th I went ahead and finished this book, even though I wasn’t really enjoying it.

Sam, the dictator of Kangan; the newspaper editor guy whose name I can’t remember right this second; and Chris, the Minister for Information. Achebe proves yet again that traditional tribal beliefs have a place in African modernity. Anthills is definitely the weakest of the bunch.


With Anthills of the Savannah I was very curious how storytelling can meet the topic of ruthless politics. We cannot really tell whether she cries at the loss of a lover and a friend or at the loss of a benefactor and a status symbol. It centres on three figures: The frenzy orgies of the police officers here is also very natural in a moment of crisis in a nation.

Agatha is Beatrice’s aanthill, religious, and judgmental house girl.

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. Looking for More Great Reads? The logic of Achebe’s arguments are powerful and easy to understand and leaves one with utter wonder at how Africa could be laid so low despite such stunning moral clarity amongst its denizens. Open Preview See a Problem? Third, Achebe finds towards the end of the story place for his favorite theme, that of the conflict between the African culture and modernity.

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. Not only in terms of the comparisons between how they live, but also in their speech itself.

He is the new Head of State of Kangan after the coup. When he comes back, there is a coup in the country; his school friends invite him to be the Head of State.

Feb 20, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Ze sturen savajnah keurige delegatie, maar dit is precies de stok die Zijne Excellentie nodig heeft om een hond mee te slaan. Standards in language are overrated. He is no doubt a statesman and an epitome of wisdom and wit. For denying them their right to water, the people of Abazon visit the Presidential Palace to claim their rights but Major Sam sees their legitimate demand as an act of insurrection that needs to be nipped in the bud.


Refresh and try again. But would he be found worthy? The chaos in this scene is a symbol of the chaotic state of the nation of Kangan.

Later in the day, the Directorate of State Research Council issues a bulletin announcing the treasonable plot by Ikem and his foreign allies to destabilize the country. There are others—rural peasants in every land, the urban poor in industrialised countries, Black people everywhere including their own continent, ethnic and religious minorities and castes in all countries. I don’t really hhe to dismiss it totally, as I think it has more meaning than I could glean from it, but I did not feel snthill I learned a lot or felt a lot emotionally while reading it.

He is the Commissioner for Works in Kangan. In angry humiliation, the Head of State masterminds the killing of Ikem in cold blood.


After a while, Sam then wants everybody anthilp vote for him to become a live president. Click here to sign up. It felt preachy in some parts, and there was definitely not much humour in it, despite my prof’s claim that it had a satirical bent in places. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is his book about a newly independent country trying to found and find itself and is, perhaps, even better. Not savznnah long, a drought strikes Abazon.

In the novel, there are also lizards. Kangan, aka Nigeria – for it bears an unmistakable resemblance to that country – I have been to visit you. Even after the death of the trio, there is no hope for an ideal government. But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to.

It has its moments but I found it dragged a lot despite being, objectively, quite a lightweight book. Basden in a Christian ceremony.

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