This four-essay collection by Chinua Achebe is a masterful work of unapologetic genius. I loved every single word of it.
In the first essay “What is Nigeria to Me?” written in 2008, Achebe wholeheartedly opens up about his own personal and complex relationship with his country. He said it best when he wrote:
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This was just OK for me.
The plot had a lot of potential, but if you’ve read older novels about colorism, she didn’t really do much with it. I mean “Passing” by Nella Larson was like a quarter of the size of this book but was a much more complex, realistic, and thrilling story.
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A great collection of four short stories about four different experiences of black lives.
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In this well-researched and well-structured book, Angela Y. Davis offers the reader detailed contextual backgrounds and historical aspects of the modern prison industrial complex. In its title, Davis poses the question “Are prisons obsolete?” And then begins to dismantle all your preconceived notions of “crime & punishment” that you have taken for granted all your life.
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