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Shvoong Home>Books>No Longer At Ease Review

No Longer At Ease

Book Review   by:Mathew Sangma     Original Author: Chinua Achebe
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About two years ago, an old friend of mine requested me to buy her a book, any book, written by Chinua Achebe. I have never heard of this author then. Not that I was a knowledgeable reader but I was curious. After a couple of rounds of searching for books, I found Arrow of God. I read the book before giving it to the friend. I did not have any chance to read other books of this writer, till recently when I got hold of No Longer At Ease at the Murtala International Airport, Lagos in Nigeria. Set in the country''s colonial era, the book tells a story of Obi, a young Nigerian civil servant man educated in London on a scholarship funded by his community. On return after completing studies in London, he faces challenges from several fronts, all of them centred around his choice of girl of unacceptable ancestry and his inability to accept pre-existing norms of the society. This leads to his uneasy relationship with his own family and leading members of the community in Lagos, the city where he works far away from his family home. His problems are compounded by personal financial difficulties and breakdown of relationship with this very girl. This young civil servant, who has strong views against corruption, finally succumbs to corruption. The story of the conflict between two generations, of a person torn apart by personal problems and inability to conform to old beliefs of the closely knit community is told in the backdrop of the corruption and racial divide, the new religion of Christianity and long held beliefs of his community. The book is relatively thin and a page turner. You also can read it in Google books (I have provided the link).
Published: August 05, 2007   
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