Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic. When young he was fascinated with the school library and became a lover of classics. He excelled, won a scholarship became a great writer. Most famous for his first novel Things Fall Apart, published 1958. This amazing person stood up for many during Biafra conflicts in Nigeria. Considering the support he got he tried politics but soon resigned because everything about it was drenched in corruption. This is just a drop in the ocean compared to everything he was involved in. Definitely worth knowing more about.
” Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.”
Ulysses, the day and the events. Published in 1922 (full). Approximately 265000 words divided into 18 episodes, and this to describe the happenings of one single day, the 16th of June 1904. Its name is the Latinized name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s epic poem Odyssey. Written by James Joyce, his inspiration came from early childhood after he came across the figure of Odysseus in Adventures of Ulysses (adaption of the Odyssey for children) written by Charles Lamb. He even wrote about the character at school naming it My Favourite Hero.
Many times I read excerpts from it and get distracted by other books but it is now one of my goals for 2016. No matter the controversy and scrutiny of it, it is still worth it.