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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Anthills of the Savannah

There are others—rural peasants in every land, the urban poor in industrialised countries, Black people everywhere including their own continent, ethnic and religious minorities and castes in all countries. When he comes back, there is a coup in the country; his school friends invite him to be the Head of State. La traduzione italiana del titolo “Viandanti della storia”invece, sottolinea il nervo principale di quest’opera facendo riferimento agli eventi che la Storia ed i suoi protagonisti mettono in atto; consci o meno dell’essere portatori di cambiamento.

There appears to be no parliament in Kangan, just the president, a Cabinet and the military security service called the State Research Council.

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The book did have some moments of comedy, I think my most favourite quote is one of the quotes about when one of the government ministers was studying in Britain, “During my first year in Britain I saw Welsh Rarebit on the menu one This is not a brilliant book.

She begins to reminisce her girlhood experiences with her parent and her relationships with Ikem and Chris. The society is traditionally completely different. On their journey to the northern part of the country, they are stopped by a frenzied crowd of cops and civilians who have stopped a truckload of beer to celebrate the recent coup in the country.


Sep 12, Julas rated it it was ok. Chris who is also Commissioner for Information in the governmentBeatrice an official in the Ministry of Financeand Ikem newspaper editor critical of the regime.

Later savnnah 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. This chapter could be said to be the anticlimax of Anthills of the Savannah. Like Jonathan in the Bible who tried to save David’s life from Saul, Emmanuel and Braimoh are godsends who help Chris to escape from the domain of Major Sam, his mortal enemy.

Inhe got an admission into University College, Ibadan in Southwest Nigeria where he was intent on reading Science and Medicine, but he soon changed to Literary Studies and received his Bachelor of Arts in English in The beginning is rough—you are thrown into an unclear situation which, at least for me, rather than generating interest mo Anthills of the Savannah is set in the fictitious West African country of Kangan, which is marked by social unrest and political intrigue.

At the end of the novel, his wickedness and dastardly acts surely find him out.

Anthills of the Savannah Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan.

There is a direct reference to the West in the scene in which Beatrice goes to a party that Sam or organized to impress an American journalist. Although we often see Beatrice helping Chris to fine-tune his political antenna, as far antyills Ikem is concerned, Elewa is only reserved for sexual gratification. Again, many morally sound people would salute the courage of Beatrice not give in to her randy boss. As far as he is concerned, the people of Abazon should die.

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Of course things were only about to get worse. The story of the book is about the downfall of an old-school authoritative and wealthy village chief named Okonkwo.

The rest is a meandering, third-rate political satire that nobody has asked for, and that nobody can learn from. Like Agatha and Sunday, Silvanus belongs to the lower class society.


Staying around was the only way to guarantee his survival and find out which direction circumstances would take him. Perhaps the point Mr Achebe tries to make here is that even in an irresponsible and corrupt military regime, there are few people in uniform who still possess some sense of sanity and fair judgment like the Police Superintendent. Events are caused by a confluence of other events, many times simply trivial, sometimes even apparently unconnected. One is the Chairman of the Taxi Drivers’ Association while the other, who leads the way, happens to be the taxi driver who drove Elewa home from Ikem’s house a week earlier.

But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to. Open Preview See a Problem? Some more than others. The only way to hang Chris is to give him a bad name. An example of this savannwh how Chris relates to Emmanuel, a university student leader; and Braimoh, a cab driver. Beatrice therefore finds a comfortable place and sits. His friends help him china form a kitchen cabinet in Kangan with the headquarters in Bassa.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. Later in the day, Ikem is served with a letter of suspension signed by the purported Chairman of Kangan Newspapers Corporation, publishers of the National Gazette. Achebe’s novel is difficult in that there is no moral absolute. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

When Chris gets the full detail of Mad Medico’s deportation from Kangan, he tries to reach Ikem but to no avail.