Things Fall Apart
THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical... show more
THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.
Publish date: October 17th 1995
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 181
Edition language: English
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Series: The African Trilogy (#1)
This is a great capture of Igbo culture, much of which is still relevant today for Igbo people. Entertaining and memorable characters but I thought the book ended a little abruptly with not much of a conclusion for some key secondary characters. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get a true ...
After reading the book Things Fall Apart I thought that it was educational and was a worth while read. I like how the book explained the background of African culture and rituals that takes place in the book. Particularly, I liked how the kola nut was talked about. I learned that guests in one's hou...
Apparently, this is the most influential modern African novel and basically the 101 for African literature, but despite that, I have never heard of it before (and I have only heard about it now since I am currently attending a lecture on African literature). Chinua Achebe writes about the beginnin...
Look, I am going to give this book a good rating, not because I actually enjoyed it or was drawn into it, but more because it gives us an insight into the colonial world from the eyes of the people being colonised. This book is set in Nigeria, and is written by a native Nigerian in English (which by...
2.75 starsSome parts were interesting but sometimes I had trouble staying focused.