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The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe
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Oct 14, 2009

really liked it

Perhaps not the place to start if you haven't read Achebe, but if (or once) you find that "Things Fall Apart" and "Arrow of God" are essential books, then this collection of essays, by turns biographical, political, literary, is an excellent supplement, revealing the character and personality of the man behind the masterpieces. The account of his one and only meeting with James Baldwin, in 1980, is one for the history books. (A google search on Baldwin's punchline gives only 5 results -- I'm guessing there will be thousands in no time.)
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