All Things Achebe--The Complete Notes Collection
DISCLAIMER: These are my notes that I created from reading the novel and from classroom discussion. Generally speaking, the chapter by chapter summaries are my own, however, the other parts of the posts are what I hope are an amelioration of the classroom discussion.
For my Africa History course we are reading a series of novels by Achebe in conjunction with Iliffe's Africans: The History of a Continent. Thus often our discussion and treatment of Achebe's novels is affected by this. Iliffe tells the history of the continent primarily as a tale of population (stagnation, decline, rise etc) and of suffering. He is only sometimes successful; his work needs about 20-30 more pages in charts/maps. As a new student of African history, I found myself mired in a quagmire of unfamiliar regions, tribes, and languages; a few well-placed charts and maps could have alleviated this.
NOTE TO SELF FOR FUTURE REVIEW:
When I read a book on Africa I ask myself the timeless question: so what? Every review must answer that question and must answer that question in the context of the role of a foreign area officer/international relations professional/curious academic/diplomat.
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