Wednesday, August 25, 2010

1958: Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon to Things Fall Apart

Purpose of this blog: Brief summaries of World, British and American literary classics for English majors.

Jorge Amado. Brazil. 1958. Novel. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon. Gabriela symbolizes the multiple races who must work together and live harmoniously, the democratic ideal.

Geiuseppe Lampedusa. Italian. 1958. Historical Novel, The Leopard. Effect of Garibaldi’s invasion of Sicily and the unification of Italy on an aristocratic family.

Alan Sillitoe. British. 1958. Novel. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Realistic, unsentimental characterization of working-class life.

Chinua Achebe. Nigerian. 1958. Novel. Things Fall Apart. Eastern Nigeria during British expansion; tragedy of clansmen under British colonialism. Banished for killing tribesman, tribal leader returns to find village converted from tribal beliefs to Christianity. He opposes. Villagers are divided. He Kills British official. Clansmen will not support him. Hangs himself in despair.

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