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Summary

The story of a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him parts of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. More than 30 years after it was first written, this novel remains a brilliant statement on the challenges still facing African society.

Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who returns to Nigeria for a job in the civil service following an education in the UK. Managing to resist the bribes that are offered to him, he falls in love with an unsuitable girl and sinks into emotional and financial turmoil. The lure of easy money becomes harder to refuse, and Obi becomes caught in a trap he cannot escape.

©1960 Chinua Achebe (P)2010 Recorded Books

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  • Ayo
  • London, UK
  • 26-03-18

Mispronounciation spoilt my enjoyment

I love this book read it several times, I was looking forward to listening to the story unfortunately the narrator's excruciating pronunciation was a huge distraction. Can I please suggest for future audiobooks get a narrator that is fluent in the language, it really does impact on the story. Based on my experience, I won't be listening to the other books in this trilogy, which is a shame.

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A fast-paced climax to a thrilling trilogy

It really wove together all the characters from 'Things fall apart" and "Arrow of God".
That Achebe wrote a lot about vulnerable male characters posturing as strong men with underlying mental health issues so long ago is just wow!
It's interesting to have read them before watching "American Gods" though.

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  • MIGUEL
  • 13-02-18

Another Great Read

No Longer At Ease is the second book by Chinua Achebe that I have read. The most refreshing aspect of Achebe's wrutting is that he does not have the weight of hundreds of years of oppression influencing his story telling. This is an easy read and is as delightful as Things Fall Apart. Dive into Achebe's tales of African life and be amazed at its wonderful complexiity described in a simp!y wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-17

No longer at ease

I would recommend this book however I am always thrown off by the narrator using an accent that comes off as Jamaican rather than West African when he reads the lines with pidgin english. I understand he can't be perfect but hmmm😅

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  • Bee
  • 11-02-17

Worth reading

Narrator tried different characters but sounded strange at times. A lot of Nigerian culture inside. Shines an inside light on the evolution of corruption in a man's life