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No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
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Oct 13, 07

Read in January, 2003

So this is a book that anybody who has had to split two cultures or mesh them should read. It is about a young man who gets an English education and returns to his native Nigeria. Inevitably tribal obligations come into conflict with his new idealism related to corruption and progress. The title is a phrase from a T S Eliot poem, "The Journey of the Magi" and the lines are about how when the magi return after seeing the infant king to their own land they are "No longer at ease here, in the old dispensation/ An alien people, clutching their gods/" If I had read this book after I returned from Uganda, I would have cried a lot. But that's not hard.
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Samuel Chibuike bravo


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