Chinua Achebe No Longer at Ease

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  • Between London and Lagos

    No Longer at Ease

    wolkenbruch

    14. December 2016 um 22:08

    Published in 1960 by Nigeria's best known author, Chinua Achebe, the "No Longer at Ease" is set in pre-Independence Nigeria and is regarded as a work of the so-called 'First Generation Nigerian Literature'. The novel starts with what is actually the outcome of the story: Obi, a young and promising Igbo who just returned from his studies in London and was instantly given a job as civil servant, is convicted for having taken a bribe. Thus, the central question of the novel is: What happened that made the protagonist, who was educated in Western Europe, take a bribe? Making use of a number of leaps in time, the reader then learns about the protagonist's return from London, which pressures and expectations awaited him upon his return, how he falls in love with Clara, that he neither fits into Great Britain nor, after his time there, back into his home country which seems to have changed during his absence. Or rather, is he the one who has changed too much? In this way, the novel - on the one hand - was an interesting and quick read which, in its description of what might be called cultural hybridity, seemed an authentic account on what it means to live between two cultures. But on the other hand, I also sensed a confirmation in regard to what post-colonial criticism teaches: the African author writing for a European audience, serving the stereotypical expectations and, thus, removing possible obstacles for his foreign readership. The language in "No Longer at Ease" is kept extremely simple (which is probably the reason why there is a shortened and furtherly simplified children's version of the book). Therefore, the novel - to me - appeared a bit too predictable and, eventually, didn't give as many answers as I had hoped for.

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