I was never really into African Literature, but he was (is) a rare shining example of how I wish to acieve my goal in the increase of general human conscience – it’s a shame more of his writing will not grace Literature.
Originally posted on eNotes Blog:
Breaking News: Just announced that Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has passed away at a hospital in Boston. Achebe was eighty-two.
Achebe rose to fame in 1958 with the publication of his first novel Things Fall Apart, a work that met with both critical and popular success. Other international best-sellers include No Longer At Ease, A Man of the People, Arrow of God and Anthills of the Savannah.
For the last four years, Achebe has been the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Here are ten memorable quotes from both his lectures and works:
1. “To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.”
2. “When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry…
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