Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another interesting review of Chinua Achebe's The Education of a British-­Protected Child.
"Adamantly refusing the notion that the British writer’s portrayal of African barbarity might be excused by his socio-historical context, Achebe makes Conrad, the man, answerable for the offensive stereotypes he promulgates as a writer. Comparing Conrad’s novel to other European portraits of Africa and its peoples, Achebe concludes that “without doubt, the times in which we live influence our behavior, but the best or merely the better among us . . . are never held hostage by their times.”

Sometimes I have the feeling that we Africans have given Conrad way too much attention, much more than he deserves. For Achebe to always come back to this guy makes my stomach churn. It's time to move on, friends.

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