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Title:Simple novels and simplistic criticism: the problem of style in the African novel
Author:Ogungbesan, Kolawole
Year:1977
Periodical:Umoja: a scholarly journal of Black Studies
Volume:1
Issue:3
Pages:31-41
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subject:novels
Abstract:Discussion of the problem of style in the African novel. As a basis for examining the level of experimentation in African fiction, the author chooses three novels: Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart (1958), Wole Soyinka's 'The Interpreters' (1965), and Ayi Kwei Armah's 'The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born' (1968). He concludes that what every novelist needs is a faithful devotion to any style that would most adequately help him to discover and evaluate his subject matter, a style by which he can best dramatise his understanding of his age. Notes.
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