Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

March 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments

It happens that I just recently received a newly issued CD from Nigerian-American baritone Odekhiren Amaize of a very fine work he commissioned and performed, based on Achebe’s famous novel Things Fall Apart.

I have read little else of Achebe’s, apart from his infamous (as some would call it) essay on Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, but I well remember the impact the novel had on me when I read it some thirty years ago. The musical setting by Roger C. Vogel is of selected excerpts, chosen in a way that very effectively brought back the story, whose action I didn’t remember well. Highly recommended, as is the novel that inspired it.

A great loss to literature. NY Times obituary.

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