ERIC Number: ED040196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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The Novels of Chinua Achebe for the High School Teacher.
California English Journal, v6 n1 p22-27 Feb 1970
As an international language, English is being used to produce fresh, exciting, and relevant new literature--some of which is coming from Africa. An excellent introduction to African literature are the four novels of Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian. "Things Fall Apart" concerns events at the turn of the century with the arrival of British Colonials, "Arrow of God" covers events just before World War I when British power was being fully established, "No Longer At Ease" deals with approaching independence in the 1950's, and "Man of the People" treats contemporary events dealing with the new African administration of the country. Thoroughly educated in the English literary tradition, Achebe has created these novels enriched with African proverbs, idioms, and views of tribal life, but dealing with a universal problem--that of maintaining individual integrity in a violently changing society where the faith on which morality is based is being challenged. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English, Redlands.