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 logic of Achebe’s arguments are powerful and easy to understand and leaves one with utter nathills at how Africa could be laid so low despite such stunning moral clarity amongst its denizens. The lack of chronology I gave this book a low rating because 1 it was a bit of a let down after Things Fall Apart, and 2 it chinu way over my head. Refresh and try again. However, I am not surprised at Major Sam’s attitude to his boyhood friends.

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We first come in contact with her when Major Sam introduces her to other guests at the dinner and ever since, we don’t hear anything from or about her. Not quite long, Braimoh and Emmanuel return with Adamma, a girl for whom Chris died. In fact, the only time they come close to being together in the novel is when Ikem visits the delegations from Abazon.

Amidst the heavy traffic, Ikem drives speedily to the Presidential Palace. This is another obvious case of taking a stand: Over the times, there has been some controversy over the fact that Chinua Achebe writes in English instead of an indigenous African language.

Colonel Johnson Ossai calls Beatrice to ask about the whereabouts of Chris but Beatrice denies knowing his whereabouts. Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe’s novel about the coming of colonialism. 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.


While I liked the romance shared by 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. She symbolizes modern African woman. After their ignoble reception, the delegation from Abazon head for a hotel room and Ikem, an indigene of Abazon is invited to meet with the delegation.

I will not spoil the surprise and let you find out what the collateral damage is to that. The plot was an interesting idea, but it was decidedly more of a chore to get through than Green Grass.

Their Western counterparts don’t have their past; they’ve generally lived in a fairly safe, stable and wealthy environment. Corruption Anthills of the Savannah also x-rays all forms of corruption—political, moral and social—among the ruling elites. He was also quite influential in the publication of new Nigerian writers.

As a younger man, he was an Anglo maniac. Eccola che cade anche cchinua, bang! I find it tragic and true. The novel is in many ways a very political acheve and Achebe makes a point about delivering a message. Although it is natural for Chris to feel angry at Major Sam’s attempt to rape Beatrice, we expect him at the same time to appreciate and salute Beatrice’s resolve not to give in.

Arrow of God is also about a traditional Igbo village man, Ezeulu, who cannot adapt to the change brought about by colonialism. This news makes Chris feel infuriated at his boss’s randy behaviour. Things Fall Apart, perhaps his most critically acclaimed novel ever, deals with traditional village life in a late 19th-century Igbo village society.

Achebe’s novel is difficult in that there is no moral absolute. Discuss the major themes in the novel. When the Nigerian government retook the region inhe involved himself in political parties but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed. After years of ruling, it is expected that a country finds itself unable to take charge of a freedom, which it severely struggled to anthilla.


Te is heard of him until in the latter part of the novel when he helps Chris to move out of the GRA to antgills northern slums after an announcement by the police declaring Chris wanted.

Basden in a Christian ceremony. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Ikem is opposed to this elite and grows more and more radical in the course of the book. The reader needs some background information on the cultural and political history of Nigeria during this time of which I am woefully ignorant.

After this event, Ikem goes to meet the delegation. This background is reflected in his literary works. The story was slow, and I never got a grip of any of the characters.

In angry humiliation, the Head of State masterminds the killing of Ikem in cold blood. Feb 22, Pages Buy. But, throughout reading the novel, we learn how important those characters and their words are, and sympathize with them more effectively.

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For instance, a breed of wild cat called Savannah Cat and Savannah Monitor medium sized specie of monitor lizard have been researched to be native to Africa. This book bored me big time. She is one of the passengers on the bus boarded by Chris, Emmanuel, and Abdul as they anrhills Bassa and head north for safety.

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