Chinua Achebe





Chinua Achebe

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born
in Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria
November 16, 1930

died
March 21, 2013

gender
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Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor at Brown University and critic. He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which is the most widely read book in modern African literature.

Raised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of th...more


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Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 149,003 ratings — published 1958 — 131 editions
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No Longer at Ease
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,806 ratings — published 1960 — 34 editions
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Arrow of God
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,938 ratings — published 1964 — 16 editions
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A Man of the People
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,627 ratings — published 1966 — 15 editions
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Anthills of the Savannah
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,706 ratings — published 1987 — 28 editions
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There Was A Country: A Pers...
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 548 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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Girls at War and Other Stories
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 345 ratings — published 1972 — 11 editions
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The Education of a British-...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 326 ratings — published 2009 — 19 editions
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Home and Exile
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 288 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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Chike and the River
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 270 ratings — published 1966 — 8 editions
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More books by Chinua Achebe…
“While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”
Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah

“If you don't like someone's story, write your own.”
Chinua Achebe

“Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am - and what I need - is something I have to find out myself.”
Chinua Achebe

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