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No Longer at Ease Paperback – September 16, 1994
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-- Margaret Atwood
"It is a measure of Achebe's creative gift that he has no need whatsoever for prose fireworks to light the flame of his intense drama. Wothry of particular attention are the characters. Achebe doesn't create his people with fastidiously detailed line drawings: instead, he relies on a few short strokes that highlight whatever prominent features will bring the total personlaity into three-dimensional life."
"The power of majesty of Chinua Achebe's work has, literally, opened the world to generations of readers. He is an ambassador of art, and a profound recorder of the human condition."
-- Michael Dorris
"He is one of the few writers of our time who has touched us with a code of values that will never be ironic. This great voice."
-- Michael Ondaatje --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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As financial and romantic pressures continue to mount and his beloved mother sickens and dies, Obi must also deal with temptation, offers of money and sex if he will use his position to assist scholarship applicants. For as long as he can, Obi juggles all of these problems, but gradually they come crashing down on him.
More directly than almost any author I'm aware of, Chinua Achebe faces head on the issues which confront the developing nations in a post-Colonial world. In No Longer At Ease, even as he pokes fun at the remaining English bureaucrats and their condescending ways, he honors their tradition of relatively honest civil service. Meanwhile, he questions whether at least this first generation of natives who are replacing the departing Europeans are truly prepared to meet the same standards or whether a slide into corruption is nearly inevitable.Read more ›
In adition to the ex-pat experience, Achebe inserts the peculiarly Nigerian experience, in which a group of British still retained some of the leadership positions in civil service while native Nigerians were mostly focused on politics. The moral aspect is also noteworthy, as the widely accepted corruption and favouring done by Nigerians in power was not mirrored by the British.
Aside from the socio-historical aspect of the novel, Achebe is very sensitive in showing the downward spiral of young Obi, as he tries to fight against strong unreasonable traditions (such as with his girlfriend who is of a banished caste). Obi gets enmeshed in a vicious cycle in which he needs to show success, to a point in which his salary can longer sustain his lifestyle, which is forced upon him by expectations.
I highly recommend this book, especially to ex-pats of any nation. As an ex-pat returned home myself, I feel many of the same difficulties Obi did. Obi's anguish and pain are crystal clear, and any ex-pat will relate.
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It really shows this is a second installment of a series, as I did not read the first one, some of the plot was dark for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Humberto Lucero
Here's the thing: I love Chinua Achebe, and I also enjoyed this book. But the Important Books edition is very poorly published; the formatting is strange, the text is minuscule,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edwina
Decent book, hard to read in some parts because of dialect. Ending felt rushed and unclear, I suppose that's kind of how Obi had felt at that point in the book.Published 5 months ago by Jeremiah Zabel
I sincerely could not put down this book once I had begun to read it. The pulsating story-line simply pulled me along, with palpable anticipation for the unfolding "drama"... Read morePublished 7 months ago by GODDYNS N.
Very well written. Felt like a classic story... made me smile and also feel sad. I could relate to many parts of the story. The end left me unsatisfied.Published 7 months ago by E.C
The font of the book was horrible which made it difficult to read. In fact I did not read the book at all. I should have returned the book for a refund!Published 9 months ago by Alicia Waller
Achebe gives us here an account of how one can become absorbed in ones own culture, almost unwittingly, compromising ones' own values and moral convictions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leslie