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The Education of a British-Protected Child

Written by Chinua Achebe

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Education of a British-Protected Child Synopsis

The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on home and family, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe's lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship. For the first thirty years of his life, before Nigeria's independence in 1960, Achebe was officially defined as a 'British Protected Person'. In The Education of a British-Protected Child he gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its 'middle ground', interrogating both his happy memories of reading English adventure stories in secondary school and also the harsher truths of colonial rule.

The Education of a British-Protected Child Press Reviews

'Achebe is one of the founding fathers of African literature ... his writing crackles with animated dialogue, laugh-out-loud humour and clever turns of phrase' * Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141043616
Publication date: 27th January 2011
Author: Chinua Achebe
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages

About Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. For ...

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