The story explores the conflicts in Obi Okonkwo's life. He is a young
man from Eastern Nigeria who has to develop his career in the midst of
all his problems. He is pressurised by the men of his tribe, the
Umuofia Progressive Union, not to forget his traditions and to pay his
dues to they helped him to be educated.
He is also faced with the conflict of adhering to the Christian
principle his father Isaac Okonkwo, a staunch Christian, raised him
with and the seduction of the so-called “evil Western influences” on
the younger Nigeria generation.
Moreover he falls in love with a woman, Clara, who is considered by
tribe to be from a cursed family. His parents don't approve of his
engagement to her and he has to choose between his love for her or
pleasing his family and tribe.
No Longer at Ease is beautifully written book about colonialism and
the alienating influence it has on those Africans who lose touch with
their roots as they try to adapt to the changing times. I enjoyed this
rich, challenging and fascinating story. The Usurper and Other
Stories, The Village of waiting, Disciples of Fortune, Anthills of the
Savannah, Triple Agent Double Cross are some of the other African
titles I enjoyed.
1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star A Sensitive, Complex Novel
The title of Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease suggests the
possibility of a time when there was "ease." The struggles of the
protagonist, Obi Okonkwo, a twenty-six year old Umuofian educated in
the British Colonial system and at the university in Great Britain,
are analogous to the struggles facing Nigerian society during the
period at the end of ...
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...ose and becomes
one of many bribe-taking officials that he formerly despised, leading
to a tragic end.
In many ways, No Longer at Ease reflects upon the problems facing much
of Africa today, corruption and tradition conflicting with progress.
The western world may condemn their rampant corruption as Obi first
did but it is at the bottom of a spiral of other problems.
Chinua Achebe continues to use his characteristically simple style
evident in Things Fall Apart for No Longer at Ease. He combines
phrases in native languages and uses folk tales to illustrate
examples. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the language does not serve
to keep the reader's interest completely. At times it feels choppy and
almost too simplistic, leaving out details that could serve to further
the story. Nevertheless, No Longer at Ease is a remarakble parable of
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