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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chinua Achebe Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart and the winner of the Man Booker International Prize comes a new collection of autobiographical essays.

Chinua Achebe’s characteristically measured and nuanced voice is everywhere present in the seventeen beautifully written pieces contained in this collection. In “The Education of a British-Protected Child,” Achebe gives us a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its “middle ground,” recalling both his happy memories of reading novels in secondary school and the harsher truths of colonial rule. In “African-American Visitations,” we witness the terrifying nature of the African diaspora and what it means not to know “from whence he came.” Politics and history figure in “What Is Nigeria to Me?,” “Africa’s Tarnished Name,” and “Politics of the Politicians of Language.” And Achebe’s extraordinary family comes into view in “My Dad and Me” and “My Daughters.”

Charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and steadfastly wise, The Education of a British-Protected Child is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this book [Achebe] tangles further, and profitably, with the obsessions that have defined his career: colonialism, identity, family, [and] the uses and abuses of language.”

    New York Times

  • “A welcome return to the issues he helped define, [listeners] will find much to ponder regarding family and community as well as the legacy of Africa and Africans around the world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Achebe’s collection of essays and speeches spanning several decades is a powerful and moving production made even more poignant by Michael Page’s resonant voice.”


  • “Page’s solid performance suits the tone of the essays.”

    Library Journal Audio Review

  • “Humane and carefully argued responses to events of recent years, coupled with a long look back at the African past.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsey | 2/13/2014

    " This book of essays can be summed up by two quotes from it. The first is from Achebe himself: "Africa is people." The second is the Bantu dictum: "A human is human because of other humans." Once you acknowledge the truth of the former, the latter implies how our actions should trend. This may all seem utterly obvious, but as Achebe points out, after centuries of intentional degradation of a people by those who speak and write about them, nothing should be taken for granted. These essays, like everything Achebe has written, attempt to nudge humanity in the right direction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 2/7/2014

    " Autobiographical essays that often confront European, American, and African-American mis-conceptions of Africa/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tuck | 2/7/2014

    " believe it or not, a very readable and brilliant survey of Achebe's intellectual and family pursuits over the years. So you get both insider personal information about his family, what it's like living in usa as a brown person(not fun most of the time), Nigerian fuckedupedness both homegrown and from the outside (see missionaries and oil companies), pan-African literature and politics, and much much more. This is the Achebe version of the great great Eduardo Galeano and his "Upside Down" and "Mirrors" books about intellectual and poor people on the west side of Atlantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 1/14/2014

    " Shrewd observations, no sugar coating but generous-spirited. "

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