Things Fall Apart

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 1, 1975 - 150 pages
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The most enduring account we have of the modern African experience as seen from within. Starting with the intricate pattern of duties and traditions, and the universal human conflicts of a tribal village in what is now Nigeria, Things Fall Apart encompasses the advent of European colonialism, the intrusion of Christianity, and the shattering effects of an entire historical era on the immemorial culture of Africa.

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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  - Madge Mungai - Goodreads

Read this book while I was in High school because it was mandatory. I enjoyed it all the same and I think Chinua Achebe is a great African writer. Read full review

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

User Review  - Andy Kim - Goodreads

One of the most influential books, I have ever read. It has a good theme that tells us that everything falls apart. Read full review

About the author (1975)

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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