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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Raised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. His mother Janet Ileogbunam was educated at St. It is a form chinja punishment for the wrong doers.

Dit boek stond op de shortlist van de Booker Prize antyills Achebe at the end of this novel seems to be saying that African society needs to be integrated, with women as important as men, as the poor as level as the rich.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. He did not adapt, and he did not survive. The funds which would have been used to develop the country are squandered on the so-called Presidential Palace which has become the Seat of Corruption. This book bored me big t Two and a half stars, rounded down.

Third, Achebe finds towards the end of the story place for his favorite theme, that of the conflict between the African culture and modernity. It had a tough act to follow; our first book was the most excellent Green Grass, Running Water.

The story was slow, and I never got a grip of any of the characters.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

Like the two men—Chris and Ikem, many political activists have lost their lives in the saavannah of military despots in Africa.

Political Instability Anthills of the Savannah is a good example of political fervour. She sees these two developments as a ploy by the dastardly government of Major Sam to execute Chris just the way they did Ikem. He was the President of the Students Union. He is an intellectual who sees the problems of the Kanganese common people and feels as if he is one of them instead of being of the elite, which he in fact belongs to.


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The anthills of the title, an image re-used throughout the novel, are manyfold. Ikem Osodi, the poet, seeks his meaning in words.

She has to go back to her house since Ikem does not always want her to spend a night in his house. He is not afraid that they could be intercepted by the police thereby putting his life in danger. But very little do these men know that a deadly fate still await their friend. savannau

However, we can say that her appearance at the party goes a long way to show that women are carefully represented in every segment of the novel. An example of this is how Chris relates to Emmanuel, a university student leader; and Braimoh, a cab driver. That speaks to it’s ability to keep meengaged. There is no doubt that Major Sam is a greenhorn in the art of governance.

Aug 29, Val rated it it was amazing Shelves: She visits Bassa, the Capital of Kangan for a fact finding mission. He is more or less a recluse. And there’s some commentary on some boring freshmen liberal arts “philosophy” too, all of it hamfisted.

She is the same girl whom Chris tries to save from being raped by a cop and in the process; Chris is shot dead by this trigger-happy cop.

After years of ruling, it is expected that a country finds itself unable to take charge of a freedom, which it severely struggled to obtain. As far as he is concerned, the people of Abazon should die. Other characters include Elewa, Ikem’s girlfriend and Major “Samsonite” Ossai, a military official known for stapling hands with a Samsonite stapler.


The strong main female character is almost like an apology from Achebe for leaving women out of Things Fall Apart. Although we don’t hear anything from him directly, from what we are told, by his pupil, John Williams belongs to the conservative class of English people and he has had great influence on Sam.

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Beatrice is particularly disturbed by Agatha’s overt wickedness despite her regular show of religiosity. Stick with this one – it’s definitely worth the read. Anthills is definitely the weakest of the bunch. Ze sturen een keurige delegatie, maar dit is precies de stok die Zijne Excellentie nodig heeft om een hond mee te slaan. Again, many morally sound people would salute the courage of Beatrice not give in to her randy boss.

Oct 08, Linda rated it really liked it. Here we see the role of woman in the world, something Ikem could not see or express with words, and what Chris, the man of action, would never have fought for. He goes on to give startling personal opinion to win cheap affection and to make Major Sam hate his boyhood friend the more but Major Sam dismisses him for want of concrete evidence to his claim.

This is a fantastic read that picks up after the first 40 pages or so. Staying around was og only way to guarantee his survival and find out which direction circumstances would take him. This chapter reveals the callousness of African dictators who often see the constitutional rights of a people to express themselves chihua treasonable felony. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He arranges with Emmanuel, his aide-de- camp, to move out of the GRA to the northern slums under the care of the taxi- driver, Braimoh.