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Chinua Achebe: A Biography Paperback – January 1, 1997

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... this is, in all senses of the word, a serious biography of Chinua Achebe, and the only one published so far that has set out to document his life in full. - C.L. Innes in WASAFIRI In writing this biography, Ezenwa-Ohaeto achieves for African literary criticism something that he attests Achebe has achieved through his writing: an equal valorisation of an author from the South by the same means and methods usually applied to renowned authors of the North or West. - Eckhard Breitinger in ANGLIA ... All serious scholars of African literature and fans of Chinua Achebe's work in particular will welcome this thorough and readable biography ... A sense of communal pride in Achebe's achievement comes across loud and clear from this biography ... a kind of extended praise song to and of Achebe: intimate, knowing, very well researched but essentially respectful ... this book is a valuable resource which any library with an interest in African literature or the history of West Africa in this century should own. - Stewart Brown in AFRICAN AFFAIRS ... a monumental tribute to an author of international reputation and influence. It is an act of enthusiastic yet diffident celebration of its subject, a work of tireless, devoted and thorough research over an extended period in a style which is for the most part as engrossing and compelling as the life it celebrates. - Douglas Killam in AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY ... he reports, summarizes, and celebrates well. He writes with a certain calm efficiency and at least persuades us to stay with the narrative to the end. Above all, he has done something noble and immensely valuable: he has produced the first full biography on Achebe. - Kwame Dawes in WORLD LITERATURE TODAY

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: James Currey; New edition edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852555458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852555453
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,706,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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