In high school, he "fell in love" with the language and planned to make it part of his future career. Later, needing a second language while attending the University of Ghana, Baah decided on Spanish and, he says, "It turned out to be my strength. He came to SPU as an associate professor of Spanish in Set in a Nigerian village at the outset of the 20th century, it is the story of Okonkwo, an Ibo warrior and clan leader struggling to come to terms with the upheaval of his cherished way of life.
W Norton and Co. It was a fine autumn morning such as Reading reaction chinua acebe things fall friendliness to passing strangers. Brisk youngsters were hurrying in all directions, many of them obviously freshmen in their first flush of enthusiasm.
An older man going the same way as I turned and remarked to me how very young they came these days. Then he asked me if I was a student too.
I said no, I was a teacher. What did I teach? Now that was funny, he said, because he knew a fellow who taught the same thing, or perhaps it was African history, in a certain Community College not far from here.
It always surprised him, he went on to say, because he never had thought of Africa as having that kind of stuff, you know.
By this time I was walking much faster. One of them was particularly happy to learn about the customs and superstitions of an African tribe. I propose to draw from these rather trivial encounters rather heavy conclusions which at first sight might seem somewhat out of proportion to them.
But only, I hope, at first sight. The young fellow from Yonkers, perhaps partly on account of his age but I believe also for much deeper and more serious reasons, is obviously unaware that the life of his own tribesmen in Yonkers, New York, is full of odd customs and superstitions and, like everybody else in his culture, imagines that he needs a trip to Africa to encounter those things.
The other person being fully my own age could not be excused on the grounds of his years. Ignorance might be a more likely reason; but here again I believe that something more willful than a mere lack of information was at work.
If there is something in these utterances more than youthful inexperience, more than a lack of factual knowledge, what is it? Quite simply it is the desire -- one might indeed say the need -- in Western psychology to set Africa up as a foil to Europe, as a place of negations at once remote and vaguely familiar, in comparison with which Europe's own state of spiritual grace will be manifest.
This need is not new; which should relieve us all of considerable responsibility and perhaps make us even willing to look at this phenomenon dispassionately. I have neither the wish nor the competence to embark on the exercise with the tools of the social and biological sciences but more simply in the manner of a novelist responding to one famous book of European fiction: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darknesswhich better than any other work that I know displays that Western desire and need which I have just referred to.
Of course there are whole libraries of books devoted to the same purpose but most of them are so obvious and so crude that few people worry about them today.
Conrad, on the other hand, is undoubtedly one of the great stylists of modern fiction and a good storyteller into the bargain.
His contribution therefore falls automatically into a different class -- permanent literature -- read and taught and constantly evaluated by serious academics.
Heart of Darkness is indeed so secure today that a leading Conrad scholar has numbered it "among the half-dozen greatest short novels in the English language. Heart of Darkness projects the image of Africa as "the other world," the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization, a place where man's vaunted intelligence and refinement are finally mocked by triumphant beastiality.
The book opens on the River Thames, tranquil, resting, peacefully "at the decline of day after ages of good service done to the race that peopled its banks. The River Congo is quite decidedly not a River Emeritus. It has rendered no service and enjoys no old-age pension.
We are told that "Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world. Yes, but that is not the real point. It is not the differentness that worries Conrad but the lurking hint of kinship, of common ancestry.
For the Thames too "has been one of the dark places of the earth. But if it were to visit its primordial relative, the Congo, it would run the terrible risk of hearing grotesque echoes of its own forgotten darkness, and falling victim to an avenging recrudescence of the mindless frenzy of the first beginnings.Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe, Biyi Bandele A compelling story of one man’s battle to protect his community against the forces of change, the Penguin Classics edition of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is introduced by Biyi Bandele.
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Nov 24, · Reading Reaction: Chinua Acebe “Things Fall Apart” The concept of colonization has been the leading factor of worldwide expansion since forever. Through out history there have been many occasions where colonization occurred in uninhabited lands, but the majority of colonization is found on lands already previously developed by native people.
Things Fall Apart is about the tragic fall of the protagonist, Okonkwo, and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a respected and influential leader within the Igbo community of Umuofia in eastern Nigeria.
He first earns personal fame and distinction, and brings honor to his village, when he defeats Amalinze. An Evening with Chinua Achebe The U. S. Library of Congress arranged a celebration of both Achebe's birthday and the year anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart.
After opening pleasantries, Achebe begins speaking about 16 minutes in, commenting on the novel and reading from it.