Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
– W. B. Yeats: ‘The Second Coming’
Welcome to my latest, and really awesome, adventure.
For the next little while I will be working on a project in Nigeria, I also intend to document my experiences here in words and photos.
The photo above is of books, obviously, my pre-trip homework if you like.
The most interesting of which is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. First published in 1958, the book has been described as the most important novel to come out of Africa (Simon Gikandi, Princeton University). I bought my copy in Foyles bookstore whilst working in London, I picked a slim copy off the shelf and, as I walked away to pay, I spotted a much thicker version, the Norton Critical Edition, which in addition to the novel itself contained a number of essays and interviews by the author and various academics. It was exactly the same price, so delighted I picked up that one and plan to immerse myself not only in the novel but the background.
The quote from Yeats, apt in our current world circumstance perhaps, is featured on the front page of the novel.
Will you join me on my journey?