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 novel was well received by critics. The province of Abazon and the anthills found there.

Amidst the nagging, a taxi finally shows up and as Ikem bids Elewa goodbye, he is happy to regain his freedom. A Personal History of Biafra. Beatrice’s apartment soon becomes a temporary home and centre of political debates for her visitors who have been part of her life in recent time.

He does not only avoid public appearances but also speaks very little when he does go public. Achebe describes the chaotic political situation thorough the eyes of three friends: Elewa’s newborn baby at the end of the novel is a symbol of hope and regeneration not only for Beatrice and Elewa but also for the people of Kangan.

Nothing is heard of him until in the latter part of the novel when he helps Chris to move out of the GRA to the northern slums after an announcement by the police declaring Chris wanted. This chapter shows the social intercourse which often takes place among African ruling elites and their western counterparts.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

Beatrice has also received a British education whereas Elewa is a Kangan girl who has apparently never been abroad, the daughter of a market saleswoman. Although the rulers were no longer European, and although they were a lot closer to the people than their European predecessors, they fairly soon distanced themselves from the people. Achebe describes this confusion through the lives of three political leaders and through alternation of narration tries to give a wholesome picture.


All in all, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for something light. Not quite long, Chris is declared a wanted person by the military junta. A week athills Chris’s burial, Beatrice summons enough courage to resume work but she is still hunted by the frightening thoughts of her irreparable losses.

Heinemann Educational Publishers Narrative Technique: Today’s conflict in the Niger Delta replete with a Ken Saro Wiwa like character in the book is aptly personified in a series of conversations schebe by an intrepid duo of newspaper men. After they have passed three road blocks successfully, they come to the fourth where they are stopped by one of the soldiers on duty. To compare them to Western authors wouldn’t do either party justice.

He is fond of beating his wife late at nights. Books by Chinua Achebe. Unfortunately, it is African dictators that often connive with the West to rape the continents of its numerous resources.

I wanted to like this book more than I did.

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Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe’s novel about the coming of colonialism. The novel details the events leading up to a military coup from the perspective of the president’s dictator’s inner circle of college friends.

Inhe co-founded a publishing company with a Nigerian poet named Christopher Okigbo and in he began editing Okike: The same theme of confrontation between the traditional Igbo values and the new colonial situation are dealt with in his next two novels, No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God This power issue can also be found in most of Soyinka’s works.

Although we don’t hear much from and about Guy, I can say that he is a playboy who runs after every creature in skirt.

Therefore the literature to come out of Africa is bound to be fundamentally different. The novel centres around the lives of 3 friends – Chris,Beatrice and Ikem – who are all, in one form or another, dissident voices under the new military regime. Chapter Twelve Ikem delivers a soul-searching lecture at the main auditorium of the University of Bassa.


I just couldn’t really latch on to the style, I guess. Anthills of the Savannah starts out describing a Cabinet meeting. Journal of New African Writing.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

I don’t wonder why Achebe names him “Guy” Guy mana name which is often used to denote an extravagant and irresponsible young man in Nigerian English. In a military regime, one act of assassination achbe leads to another and to another, and to another and the cycle continues until all the so-called enemies of the State have been eradicated. When he comes back, there is a coup in the country; his school friends invite him to be the Head of State.

As far as history is concerned the quest for good governance has been the bane of many nations in the world, especially those in Africa. Not quite long the Army Council announces his Major Ossai’s promotion to the rank of full colonel. Later anthillw 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. I can say therefore that Joy is just a casual friend of Ikem.

Some more than others.

The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid. Like Jesus, Chris gives his life that she may live. Chris however apologises to her when he discovers that she is crying. Major Sam then tells Professor Okong that he will not go out to address the delegation from Abazon, no matter how loyal their mission may be.

Eventually the new Sandhurst-trained ruler Sam toppled, and Chris the government’s commissioner for information is also killed.