A MAN OF THE PEOPLE
My favorite novel by Achebe is his least celebrated. Achebe is a master in portraying Nigerian (can also read as African and sometimes black) society in transition, amid corruption, violence all within the emotional crescendo and parlaying tensions of ethnic hatred, political ineptitude and greed. Written in first person, it is a satirical account of Odili and the corruption of power in a newly emerging African State (read Nigeria). Often comical and amusing, it has periods that leave you spell bound in deep thought. This book begins the second stage of Achebe's writing (now brilliantly viewed through the lens of historical prognostication) devoted to the meltdown of his nation Nigeria, now forty years on, at the precipice of collapse, and considered a likely candidate as a so called "failed state."