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The education of a British-protected child : essays /
Chinua Achebe.
imprint
London : Penguin, 2011.
description
xiv, 172 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
014104361X (pbk.), 9780141043616 (pbk.)
format(s)
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imprint
London : Penguin, 2011.
isbn
014104361X (pbk.)
9780141043616 (pbk.)
general note
Originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf: 2009; London: Penguin Classics, 2010.
catalogue key
7838531
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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‘Achebe is one of the founding fathers of African literature & his writing crackles with animated dialogue, laugh-out-loud humour and clever turns of phrase’
‘Achebe is one of the founding fathers of African literature … his writing crackles with animated dialogue, laugh-out-loud humour and clever turns of phrase’
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Guardian UK, February 2010
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Summaries
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In 'The Education of a British-Protected Child', Chinua Achebe gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its middle ground, interrogating both his happy memories of reading English adventure stories in secondary school and also the harsher truths of colonial rule.
Main Description
'His is a voice that roars . . . one of the world's most important thinkers and writers' Bernardine Evaristo, IndependentThis acclaimed volume of autobiographical essays is one of Chinua Achebe's most powerful and personal works to date, containing reflections on personal and collective identity, on home and family, on literature, language and politics.From an ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of his love of reading while growing up in colonial Nigeria, to later pieces on the nation post-independence and on his lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa', these diverse, witty and passionately honest writings give us a vivid new insight into Achebe the man and the writer.'The essays are models of clarity, care and thoughtfulness' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
Main Description
The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on home and family, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe’s lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship. For the first thirty years of his life, before Nigeria's independence in 1960, Achebe was officially defined as a 'British Protected Person'. In The Education of a British-Protected Child he gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its ‘middle ground’, interrogating both his happy memories of reading English adventure stories in secondary school and also the harsher truths of colonial rule.
Main Description
The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on home and family, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe’s lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship. For the first thirty years of his life, before Nigeria's independence in 1960, Achebe was officially defined as a 'British Protected Person'. In The Education of a British-Protected Child he gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its ‘middle ground’, interrogating both his happy memories of reading English adventure stories in secondary school and also the harsher truths of colonial rule.

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