• Postcolonial,  Random

    Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, so I feel obliged to share two great nobels I read a while ago by Black authors: Annie John by Jamaica Kinkaid and Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Annie John explores the life of the character in the title from ten to seventeen years while living in Antigua with her mother. Because the novel explores such crucial years, we get to see Annie growin up which is, most of the times, a painful. However, this is a great book and Jamaica Kinkaid explores the problems of growin up as a black girl in an English system where equailty is superficial. As she says, they…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    Things Fall Apart is a novel by the African writer Chinua Achebe and it is a compulsory reading for my Posctolonial Literature course. Okonkwo lives in his village under the memory of his father, a lazy and disrespected man who despite his good intentions with his neighbours, proved he wasn’t capable of taking care of his own family. So, Okonkwo decides to live with just one idea in his mind: to live his life as differently to his fathers’ as possible.  This universal idea will bring him many troubles since he will be trapped between how he wants to be seen and what he really feels.  From this point on,…