Chinua Achebe, one of the greatest writers of our time passed away on Thursday evening in Boston.
If you are an avid reader you have probably come across one of Achebe’s books and/or articles. If not you need to seek them out as a matter of intellectual emergency. In case you are among the few who have never heard of the man himself you can familiarize yourself here.
One thing that I love about Chinua Achebe’s writing is the fluidity with which the words flow. He had a way of transporting the reader to a different time and place. He painted scenes so vivid that in reading his work one would think they had actually witnessed what he wrote about. His words came to life and his stories captivated hearts and minds especially across Africa.
Chinua Achebe = literary and political greatness.
Oh Chinua Achebe…here’s to you sir! It’s through your brilliance and sentence weaving genius that some of us fell in love with reading. Thank you especially for:
1) Things Fall Apart (first novel I ever read)
2) A Man of the People (still relevant today + made literature classes exciting)
3) There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (many of us wanted to read your take)