Thursday, February 07, 2013

On Critics, Art, and There Was A Country (Chinua Achebe)


Having spoken to a good number of people about my ongoing romance with Achebe's latest book, There Was A Country, I am struck by the realization that many of those with the strongest opinions about it are yet to actually read it.

I think it is absurd to base your opinion about a work of art on other people's descriptions of it. Art must be experienced; books must be read to get a full taste for their flavor.

Given the wide abundance of reviews of this book, I have no intention to write yet another one. However, I will share thoughts that come to mind as I read through the book. This I will do in order to share my thoughts - as always, and hopefully to challenge someone out there into actually buying the book.

I'll be right back.

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