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. : Anthills of the Savannah (): Chinua Achebe: Books. Anthills of the Savannah and millions of other books are available for. Mar 22, The novels of the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe present an essential Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe’s first novel in more than 20 years.

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Apr 03, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: Every genuine artist feels it in his bone. Inhis parents were married by G. Views Read Edit View history. However, I am not surprised at Major Sam’s attitude to his boyhood friends.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

She seems to draw her strength from all sources—a first class graduate from a western university and a product of a mission school. There is no doubt that this commissioner is not as active as a commissioner of works should be. Another fantastic book by Chinua Achebe.

However, his sense of honour and morality makes him an arch enemy of Major Sam despite the fact that they were both classmates at Lord Lugard College. Somehow I feel as if I’ve committed a crime by rating an Achebe book like this–big Chinua Acheb Three childhood friends ascend to leadership within their country and the book centers around greed and power lust, showcasing socio-economic issues and governmental corruption in some part of Africa though the country is fictionalizedas well as what exiles must go through or rather how hard it is to speak out against a not-so-democratic government and then attempt an escape from your homeland.

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. Not quite long, Braimoh and Emmanuel return with Adamma, a girl for whom Chris died. However, Chris does not say anything to encourage Beatrice’s courage. I don’t really want to dismiss it totally, as I think it has more meaning than I could glean from it, but I did not feel that I learned a lot or felt a lot emotionally while reading it.


He is no doubt a statesman and an epitome of wisdom and wit. His friends help him to form a kitchen cabinet in Kangan with the headquarters in Bassa. I also found it intriguing, though, and that interest persists. A seemingly benevolent dictator takes over from an unbiasedly corrupt “democracy”; the dictator decides to stay in power “only till conditions are restored for democracy”; people are exploited; the ruling class is full of sycophantic country brutes; intellectual opposition is snuffed out literally surreptiti One of the best books from Africa that I have read in a long while.

He is the leader of the delegation from Abazon. They have to wait for a taxi to show up since the battery of Ikem’s car is down.

sacanna The notorious Posts and Telegraphs employee in the next flat where Ikem lives. Oct 27, Ben Dutton rated it it was amazing. Chapter Seven Beatrice returns from Gelegele adhebe this Saturday but she feels too tired to cook.

He is the taxi-driver who drives Chris out of his hideout in Bassa after an announcement by the police declaring him wanted. In the fracas that ensues, the cop shoots Chris dead. However, we can say that her appearance at the party goes a long way to show that women are carefully represented in every segment of the novel.

Personally, I have always argued that Mr. He is a soldier who has soft spot for the so-called bloody civilians. Agatha is a semi illiterate housemaid of Beatrice and she appears as a flat character throughout the novel. The story is a slow burn. The storyline is reflective of Africa’s prevailing political ethos: Contrary to his earlier ambition to be a medical doctor, Sam goes to Sanhurst to be trained as a soldier.


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In the frenzy orgy, a police officer tries to rape a girl and Chris tries to rescue her and in the process, he is shot dead by the drunk police officer. In the drunken orgy, a police cop attempts to rape a girl but Chris will not allow him.

This selfish attitude does not make Sam an asvanna leader. Of course things were only about to get worse. Compare Achebe’s portrayal of women in Anthills of the Savannah with his earlier novels.

Even in death, I don’t think that Sam merits forgiveness considering the untold hardship he has subjected Beatrice and Elewa who are now young widows to. We cannot really tell whether she cries at the loss of a lover and a friend or at the loss of a benefactor and avhebe status symbol.

A typical confirmation of this fact is that the novel begins with a coup and ends with another coup. Tensions escalate through the novel, culminating in vhinua assassination of Ikem by the regime, the toppling and death of Sam and finally the murder of Chris.

Feb 20, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Chapter Eleven Sequel to the security reports that Ikem has conspired with his townsmen from Abazon to scuttle his government; Major Sam summons Chris to his office and orders him to serve Ikem achwbe letter of suspension.