Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

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By Chinua Achebe

Within the fictional West African country Kangan, newly self sustaining of British rule, the hopes and goals of democracy were quashed via a fierce army dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the cupboard of the president for all times, one in all his oldest pals. whilst the president is charged with censoring the oppositionist editor of the state-run newspaper--another youth friend--Chris's loyalty and beliefs are positioned to the try out. The destiny of Kangan hangs within the stability as tensions upward thrust and a devious plot is decided in movement to silence the firebrand critic.

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She clicks on the radio and tells herself that in the end, it’s not so bad, this break, because a bunch of women sitting around a table with their hands busy, they’ll soon be telling a lot of tales. Big ones and little ones, too. In the waiting room, there are already two other ladies. The big game in these cases is always to try to guess by the shape of their bellies what month they’re in. She reads a Paris Match from the time of Moses, when Johnny Hallyday was still with Adeline. When she goes in, it’s a handshake, you’re doing all right?

Pregnant She sees the same doctor who brought her first child into the world. They talk a little about this and that: and your husband, the job? and your work, it’s coming along? and your children, school? and that other school, do you think? Next to the examining table is the ultrasound. She settles in. The screen is still dark but she can’t stop looking at it. First and foremost, he has her listen to the beating of the invisible heart. The sound is set fairly loud, and it resonates throughout the whole room: boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom What an idiot, she already has tears in her eyes.

By “some not-very-fun moments,” maybe he meant the thousands of blood tests that would leave her arm a mess, or the ultrasound the next day, the images on the screen and all the measurements to understand what he would never understand. Unless “some not-very-fun moments” was the emergency delivery on Sunday night with the on-call doctor mildly annoyed to be woken up again. Yes, that must be it, “some not-very-fun moments,” that must be to give birth in pain and without anesthetic because it’s too late.

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