The good Lord's been collecting, y'all. First, the Bar poured a sip on Facebook for Transgriot's loss of her father. And now, Chinua Achebe is gone, children. Though he and other great African writers disagreed over the decades, he is and always will be the unforgettable Chinua Achebe.
Achebe's remarkable journey into the creative turf began in 1958 with the publication of classical novel Things Fall Apart. Set in the fictional community of Umofia, the novel anthropologically explores the Igbo life completely destroyed by the arrival of the White man, whose coming into the peaceful community created serious socio, political and cultural conflicts. The novel, using the character of its hero, Okonkwo presented the continent ofAfrica in its realistic portrait against the background of permittivity and uncultured painted in the narratives of Western writers.Read the rest on AllAfrica.com.
The publication of Things Fall Apart was successfully followed by the publication of Arrow of God. The novel adjudged by many people as one of the best of Achebe's creative offerings like its predecessor, Things Fall Apart, also engages the colonial conflict that was the order of the day and particularly examines power as a destructive force.
After Arrow of God, Achebe in 1964 wrote another interesting novel titled No Longer At Ease. This third novel, which concludes the first three of Achebe's novels tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, a split character, who is destroyed by the conflict created by the old world of his grand father Unoka in Things Fall Apart and the new world in transition of his father, Okonkwo.
Achebe's first three novels were written in a very organic manner. While the first two novels look at the problem of disconnection created by the arrival of the white man, the third novel presents to the world a wounded soul, who carries the psychological scar of conflict in the person of Obi Okonkwo.
|November 16, 1930 - March 21, 2013|