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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 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

About the Author: Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a novelist poet professor at Brown University and critic He is best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart 1958 which is the most widely read book in modern African literatureRaised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies He became fascinated with world religion

10 thoughts on “Things Fall Apart

  1. says:

    “The drums were still beating persistent and unchanging Their sound was no longer a separate thing from the living village It was like the pulsation of its heart It throbbed in the air in the sunshine and even in the trees and filled the village with excitement” Chinua Achebe Things Fall ApartThis is a book of many contrasts; colonialism and traditional culture animism and Christianity the masculine and the feminine and

  2. says:

    My son and I had a long talk about this novel the other day after he finished reading it for an English class Over the course of the study unit we had been talking about Chinua Achebe's fabulous juxtaposition of different layers of society both within Okonkwo's tribe and within the colonialist community We had been reflecting on aspects of the tribe that we found hard to understand being foreign and against certain human rights we

  3. says:

    This review is now on my blog

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    Achebe’s protagonist isn’t a very nice man In reality he is an asshole I don’t like him I don’t think anyone really does He is ruthless and unsympathetic to his fellow man He grew up in a warrior’s culture; the only way to be successful was to be completely uncompromising and remorseless His father was weak and worthless according to him so he approached life with an unshakable will to conuer it with his overbearing masculinity ”Whe

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    In this classic tale Okonkwo is a strong man in his village and in his region of nine villages At age 18 he beat the reigning wrestling champion and has been an industrious worker all his life a reaction to his lazy drunkard father He lives his life within the cultural confines of his limited world following the laws that govern his society accepting the religious faith of his surroundings acting on both even when those actions would seem to us in the

  6. says:

    Written in 1958 this is the classic African novel about how colonialism impacted and undermined traditional African culture It’s set among the Igbo people of Nigeria aka Ibos A key phrase is found late in the book “He the white man has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” Wiki calls the book the most widely read book in modern African literature The main character is a strong man the village wrestling champion He ha

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    How to attempt a balanced review of Things Fall Apart 1 The book is serious Themes and issues dealt in the book are far serious than many other books written by the contemporary authors of Achebe 2 The colonial abstract takes an altogether different turn as Achebe explores that colonisers not only colonised the land and properties but also the minds and hearts of the native people 3 Racism has been dealt very aptly and also religious hypocrisy different churches f

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    The act of writing is strangely powerful almost magical to take ideas and put them into a lasting physical form that can persist outside of the mind For a culture without a written tradition a libraries are not great structures of stone full of objects instead stories are curated within flesh locked up in a cage of bone To know the story you must go to the storyteller In order for that story to persist through time it must be retold and rememorized by successive generatio

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    Okonkwo achieved success at an early age 18 the wrestling champ of his tribe the Ibo in colonial Nigeria fame did not bring riches the hard work on his farm accomplished that His lazy flute playing father Unoka embarrasses him neglects his wives and children the son Okonkwo determines never to be poor dying with a vast amount of debts He on the other hand becomes an important man in the village marries three women having numerous children however times are changing a new religio

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    Y'know when you read a novel that is just so stark and bare and depraved that you know it's going to stay with you for a very long time? Yep it's happened guys It's happened This novel ruined me Ugh it's so great and so horrible It's what Yeats would describe as a terrible beauty Read it let it wreck you and bathe in its importance

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