Author: Chinua Achebe (1930-)
First Published: 1958
My Edition: Anchor Books 50th Anniversary (pictured at left)
Other Works Include: No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), Anthills of the Savannah (1987)
Alphabetically, this is the very first book listed on my Book List page. And ever since I finished Germinal by Zola way back in December 2009, I have been wanting to read this one solely so the first and last books were done. Stupid? Most likely.
In any case, this book has remained unread for quite some time since I made that promise to myself. For the longest time I didn't have a copy, and neither bookstore within super close proximity to my apartment had a copy (weird, isn't it?). I finally found a copy a few months ago, and like quite a few others recently, it has been living on my nightstand. And, like the others, I started to feel bad it was collecting dust, and I determined I must read it.
Part of me is scared to begin this. To be quite honest, I read a LOT of Western literature and very little outside of that comfort zone. I don't purposely choose to read that way, but I am just not knowledgeable about literature beyond the U.S., Europe, and Australia. But, I am going to remedy that in the future, since there are a lot of wonderful books out there I have yet to discover!
In any case, I don't actually know too much about this one. I've never read it, or anything else by Achebe (even though I just picked up his 2009 collection of essays). I am intrigued though, especially since this is a book in the district I teach in that is used in one of their classes. Hopefully I'll like it!