From Publishers Weekly
According to the author, literature is a medium that can impact on social issues and as such can help Africa overcome the negativity learned in its encounter with the West. "Overall, these concise essays deliver a forceful commentary," reported PW .
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From Library Journal
Because the Nigerian novelist Achebe usually writes in English, his essays are informed by a sense of encounter between Africa and Europe. In this collection Achebe attacks patronizing Western views of African culture with gusto. Focusing on the role of the writer, he considers literature--written and oral--as a social force. As literary theory, the prophetic, moralizing kind of criticism Achebe favors would need more stringent argument and more careful dissection of opposing views. Beyond that, libraries holding his earlier book, Morning Yet on Creation Day (o.p.), will already have five of the best essays here. Still, the present title has obvious value for African studies collections. Also, since Achebe's novels are frequently assigned in English courses, students might find helpful background here.- Donald Ray, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
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