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By Chinua Achebe
By means of the well known writer of Things Fall Apart, this novel foreshadows the Nigerian coups of 1966 and indicates the colour and vivacity in addition to the violence and corruption of a society making its personal manner among the 2 worlds.
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Be best if it’s done in the dark. Mama Hodap’s voice, sweet as sugar, rolled around in his head. Unscrewing the fuses, he thought about the two hundred dollars in his pockets and wondered if that would have changed anything. Maybe some things were inevitable. Maybe everyone built his own house of cards. He unscrewed the final fuse and, because he was alone and because he didn’t think anyone would hear him, he screamed. He quit when he tasted blood on the back of his tongue. 4. He took the stairs back up to the lobby.
He swung around, staring out over the city through the busted window and now back into the office. His eyes quickly followed the twisting rope to a vent in the ceiling. Steiner’s shoe met his nose this time. He heard it pop and saw flashes of purple. ” Chambers laughing—lecherous and guttural. Myron threw himself toward the open window. ” Steiner shouted. He sounded terrified or ecstatic. Myron thought maybe the vent gave a little bit. He timed his next push for when Steiner came at him with the shoe again.
But just know—he is the master of death and it’s only he can take you there. So you make sure to pray for him to keep your heart beating and leave him out of that other man’s business. That other man’s for human hands. You and me and everyone else. Myron took a breath of the soggy air and felt his heart pound into life. How many times would he be able to defy death? He stood up, expecting to see a crowd of gawkers. He didn’t. 11. What he saw—what he could see—was much worse. This was the world of his vision.
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe