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Sunday, January 27, 2002

Interesting piece by John Miller in The Corner, giving modest praise to Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Harvard Afro Studies prof who's heading to Princeton. Miller asked Appiah

"What single book on Africa or the African-American experience should every high-school student read before graduation, and why?" Appiah recommended Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Here's what he wrote: "Achebe's novel is the most widely taught and read book in African secondary schools. By reading it, American children would certainly gain something in common with African children."

Good choice. I read Things Fall Apart in a Third World Lit (back when there were three worlds) class in high school. It was an interesting book looking at the intersection of traditional Nigerian(?) culture and Western culture and religion. That and Cry the Beloved Country were the two books I remember from that class nearly a quarter-century ago.

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