This novel foreshadows the Nigerian coups of 1966 and shows the color and vivacity as well as the violence and corruption of a society making its own way between the two worlds.
Written as a satirical piece, A Man of the People follows a story told by Odili, a young and educated narrator, on his conflict with Chief Nanga, his former teacher who enters a career in politics in an unnamed fictional 20th century African country. Odili represents the changing younger generation; Nanga represents the traditional West African customs, inspired by that of Achebe’s native Nigeria. The book ends with a military coup, similar to the real-life coups of Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Yakubu Gowon.
New York: John Day Company, 1966. First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Hard Cover. Very Good / Good. Good former library copy, clean and tight with some yellowing to page ends. No markings in text. Edges bumped and dust jacket chipped on top and bottom edges.
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