|Jabuti the tortoise|
Harold Scheub has a wonderful book: Trickster and Hero--Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World, in which he highlights Achebe's trickster towards the very end of the book, under the chapter title: The Trickster Lives. My goal is to keep returning to the tricksters and the people who use them. Of stories Harold says, "As human beings, we tell the same stories. They unite us. Storytellers would tell me: these stories are not truth. They’re a way of getting at truth.” I'll end with an excerpt from Harold's book on Achebe's tortoise trickster in: Trickster and Hero. Enjoy.