Things Fall Apart

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Pearson Education, 1974 - English language - 85 pages
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- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from "The Odyssey through modern literature- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index- Introductory essay by Harold Bloom

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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

About the author (1974)

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954. He was working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82.

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