Anthills of the Savannah, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan.

In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love - and remain friends.

But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to.

Anthills of the Savannah (1987), Achebe's candid vision of contemporary African politics, is a powerful fusion of angry voices.

It continues the journey that Achebe began with his earlier novels, tracing the history of modern Africa through colonialism and beyond, and is a work ultimately filled with hope.


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I read Achebe whilst travelling through Africa - Nigeria, to be specific, and this is kind of where his dystopian political novel is set. It's an extraordinary book, full of colour and the little details that bring his native country to life; it is also a sad book for being so true and accurate a picture of life in Nigeria.

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I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. There were times when I was a bit lost and confused as to what was going on and others when it felt like I was in a lecture. Otherwise, the insight given to coups in African nations during the last century (and this? I'm not sure) really was interesting. I think I would have absorbed more of this book had I read it during college when I was studying a bit of African culture. Still I'm very glad I read this and will continue to read Achebe's works.