A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe

By Chinua Achebe

By way of the popular writer of Things Fall Apart, this novel foreshadows the Nigerian coups of 1966 and indicates the colour and vivacity in addition to the violence and corruption of a society making its personal approach among the 2 worlds.

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Even in the first few minutes dozens of small things conspire to give you this feeling. The beer is bitterer, the coins are heavier, the grass is greener, the advertisements are more blatant. The crowds in the big towns, with their mild knobbly faces, their bad teeth and gentle manners are different from a European crowd. (10-11) What might appear as patriotic jingoism at first glance can be, and indeed has been, confirmed by any foreign visitor to England. Orwell feels what he is writing and no love-declaration could be more tender than this description of his native land; even the ‘bad teeth’ sound like an endearment.

Oxley, B. T. George Orwell. , 1967. Pryce-Jones, David. ’ The World of George Orwell. Ed. Miriam Gross. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971. 143-52. Voorhees, Richard V. The Paradox of George Orwell. Indiana, IN: Purdue University Studies, 1961. Woodcock, George. The Crystal Spirit. A Study of George Orwell. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1970. CHRISTINE BERBERICH University of York A Revolutionary in Love with the 1900s: Orwell in Defence of ‘Old England’ George Orwell was a writer, a Socialist and a patriot.

It is a most interesting case in point to reflect on the blurred interface between history and literature, between the eyewitness and the first-person narrator. Besides, Claude Simon’s intended debunking of the author of Homage to Catalonia in an interview with Cheal Pugh in 1984 provides a rare moment of ekphrasis, not between poetry and painting, but between prose and photography. I don’t think I can resist the temptation of telling the whole story. The first thing one notices in relation to Homage to Catalonia is the precision and exactitude with which Orwell writes his report.

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