What are the best postcolonial literary works?

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    #1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    Philip Phillips
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "cultural clash is one of the best way to describe this literary works, there is the ideal of freedom and the act of establishing colonial territory, told through the eyes of indigenous people. "
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    #2Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half of a Yellow Sun
    Half of a Yellow Sun is a historical fiction novel by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in the now-defunct Republic of Biafra, it tells the story of five people as they fight to keep their nation alive.

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    Russell Robinson
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "this is a very intriguing. i like it. "
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    #3Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Gerardo de la Torre
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "this is a great book about the beginning of the post-colonial time in india. The author does a wonderful job of telling this interesting story and covering it from all angles. this book is for everyone and not just those interested in india or the history of this time period. Definitely recommended!"
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    #4One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.


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    Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 9 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while I read to them at night. I found this amazing book called One Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez which is a fantastic story that allows children to use their imagination and view illustrations of a family living in a magical village. My sons absolutely love the story and keep begging me to acquire more books about the village. Thank you One Hundred Years of Solitude!!"
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    #5The Crucible

    The Crucible

    The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller tells the story of Abigail Williams, who was wrongfully charged with witchcraft in 17th century Salem. The story was inspired by the persecution of communists in the US during the McCarthy era.


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    Cecilia Monroy
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The synopsis doesn't seem all that great to me but I feel like the reviews make up for it. I like the different reading options as well."
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    #6Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 


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    Mercedes Sandoval
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "A true classic, recently I had to write a report on postcolonial literary works and as I did the research the first book I found on the genre was Heart of Darkness. Not only is it a great read and engrossing, you could do a great deal of research papers on this book alone. The topic of dark foreign lands is very interesting to me and the undertones of psychological issues makes it even more intriguing , you will not want to put this book down until you read it to the end. "
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    #7The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.


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    Sandra Allen
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Has a very good review span on Amazon. I would be interested in reading this book. The story line seems fantastic. Not sure I would put it in the "postcolonial" category."
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    #8The Inheritance of Loss

    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. Set against the backdrop of the Nepalese revolution for independence from India, it tells the story of Jemubhai Patel, his granddaughter, and his cook.

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    Robert Herrera
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love reading post war books. I think its interesting to learn about nature as well. The Inheritance of Loss is a great book for what we are looking for. I feel like it was progressive and engaging at the same time."
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    #9Oscar and Lucinda

    Oscar and Lucinda

    Oscar and Lucinda is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Australian author Peter Carey. It tells the story of Oscar and Lucinda, who are both proven gamblers, as they take on a bet that changed the course of their lives.


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    Keith Alexander
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Oh wow, this is so boring. I love heist stories, and the risk of gambling. But these two characters, they just talk and talk and talk. They never go anywhere, they never learn how to win, they never come up with any plan other than the mope and moan over how everything's going wrong and these big mistakes they keep making. If they keep messing up, maybe they should try to change some. Nope, they just make more bets, and wonder where it all goes wrong."
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    #10The Quiet American

    The Quiet American
    The Quiet American is a thriller and intrigue fiction by Graham Greene about Alden Pyle, the American sent to Saigon during Vietnam's rebellion against France. This book was published in 1956 and was twice adapted into a film.

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    Andrea Nichols
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "The Quiet American is an interesting story that takes place during the Vietnam War. I thought it was a good book, but it was tough to read. It is very dark and gritty."
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    #11Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North is a cultural fiction novel by Tayeb Salih which follows the narrator, a young man who returns to his village along the Nile after years of study in Europe. It was published in 1970 by Heinemann.


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    Eugene Ortega
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I needed to do some research for my history class into post-colonialism, and this book really hit the spot. It's one of the best I've found about the topic and my teacher smiled when he saw me reading it before class one day as it is one of the best postcolonial literary works around. I'm far more informed about the topic because of it."
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    Lotusland is a young adult romance novel by David Joiner about the American Nathan Monroe, who saw his Vietnamese lover leave him for a chance at a better life in America. The book depicts the lives of Westerners abroad.


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    John Garza
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book was fantastic! The characters are complex and the plot takes you by surprise. Joiner also does and excellent job at describing the surroundings and you really get a sense of how things are in Vietnam at this time period."
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    #13The English Patient

    The English Patient

    The English Patient is a historical fiction novel written by Michael Ondaatje. This classic romance book won literary merits like the Man Booker Prize and Trillium Book award. It is first published in 1992. 


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    #14A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    A Passage to India is a book by E.M. Forster. Set in British India during the 1920s, it revolves around the racial tension between the colonizers and the colonized when a British woman was allegedly assaulted by Dr. Aziz, an Indian physician.


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    Diana Estrada
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I wasn't particularly impressed by this book. It was okay but not one I would recommend to a friend."


Best What are the best postcolonial literary works
1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 47 Paid
2Half of a Yellow SunBooks 41 Paid
3Midnight's ChildrenBooks 40 Paid
4One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 37 Paid
5The CrucibleBooks 35 Paid
6Heart of DarknessBooks 32 Paid
7The God of Small ThingsBooks 31 Paid
8The Inheritance of LossBooks 29 Paid
9Oscar and LucindaBooks 26 Paid
10The Quiet AmericanBooks 24 Paid

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