No Longer at Ease by Chinua AchebeAn alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.
Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service. However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be corruption. Obi manages to resist the bribes offered to him, but when he falls in love with an unsuitable girl, he sinks further into emotional and financial turmoil.
No Longer at Ease
Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who, thanks to the privileges of an education in Britain, has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service. However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be backhanders and corruption. Obi manages to resist the bribes that are offered to him, but when he falls in love with an unsuitable girl - to the disapproval of his parents - he sinks further into emotional and financial turmoil. The lure of easy money becomes harder to refuse, and Obi becomes caught in a trap he cannot escape. Showing a man lost in cultural limbo, and a Nigeria entering a new age of disillusionment, No Longer at Ease concludes Achebe's remarkable trilogy charting three generations of an African community under the impact of colonialism, the first two volumes of which are Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God. Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in
It is the story of an Igbo man, Obi Okonkwo, who leaves his village for an education in Britain and then a job in the Nigerian colonial civil service , but is conflicted between his African culture and Western lifestyle and ends up taking a bribe. The novel is the second work in what is sometimes referred to as the "African trilogy", following Things Fall Apart and preceding Arrow of God. Things Fall Apart concerns the struggle of Obi Okonkwo's grandfather Okonkwo against the changes brought by the English. The book's title comes from the closing lines of T. Eliot 's poem, The Journey of the Magi :. We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here, With an alien people clutching their gods.
Twenty-six-year-old Obi Okonkwo is convicted of accepting bribes as a civil servant.
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No Longer at Ease is another interesting novel by Chinua Achebe. The story is about an Igbo man, Obi Okonkwo who leaves his native home village of Umoufia for a British education on the scholarship of the Umoufia Progressive Party. When he reaches England, he ditches law for a course in English even though this does not go well with his sponsors. He returns to Nigeria after four years of schooling and lands himself a big job in the Nigerian colonial service. However, he comes from England with high ideals of fighting corruption but ends up in prison because of taking bribes. In England, he meets a Nigerian girl called Clara Okeke studying at one of the colleges there and immediately falls in love although he does not make a good first impression on her.
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Chinua Achebe pp Cite as. The central character is Obi Okonkwo, son of Nwoye and grandson of Okonkwo, and the action takes place in Nigeria in the s, in a world which is the result of the intermingling of Europe and Africa whose original confrontation we witnessed in Things Fall Apart. In this world Achebe traces the decline of his hero from brilliant student to civil servant convicted of bribery and corruption. It reads like a postscript to the earlier novel because the same forces are at work but in a cynfused, diluted and blurred form. Allegiances are not clearly defined, and attempts at redefinition are cynically abandoned. The forces of Christianity which officially superseded the old tribal ethic are themselves shown to be on the wane in the new generation, and no new creed appears likely to take their place. The downfall of the hero in this perplexing world is presented as neither tragic nor surprising.