Things Fall Apart: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 6, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.


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Elegant writing + laudable premise = loved it. - Goodreads
This book was confusing and hard to read. - Goodreads
An incredible read with a fantastic ending. - Goodreads
The plot was rather dry. - Goodreads
Amazing. True insight into colonialism in Africa. - Goodreads
Simple writing with great imagery. - Goodreads

Review: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Justin L - Goodreads

I did not like this book. The plot of the book runs wildly through the first third of the book, and there are a lot of words from the Igbo language. The book itself has a good meaning behind it, but it isn't really put together that well. Read full review

Review: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Marie-paule - Goodreads

What does it mean that I hadn't heard of this book or its author until the NYT wrote about both, when Mr. Achebe passed on? This is an amazing book, that captures the theme of the inevitability of ... Read full review

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Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. He died in 2013.

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