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TitleThings Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
AuthorChinua Achebe
ISBN0385474547
ImprintChinua Achebe Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages209

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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.

Reviews

Madeline

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

How To Criticize Things Fall Apart Without Sounding Like A Racist Imperialist 1 Focus on the plot and how nothing very interesting really happens Stress that it was only your opinion that nothing interesting happens, so that everyone realizes that you just can t identify with any of th... (Sign in to see more)


Rowena

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

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 ApartThi... (Sign in to see more)


Skylar Burris

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

I read this many years ago as a teenager, before it was as well known as it is today, and then I read it again in college Readers often expect imperialism to be dealt with in black and white Either the author desires to see native ways preserved and consequently views any imperial attempts as immora... (Sign in to see more)


Bookdragon Sean

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

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 w... (Sign in to see more)


Lisa

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

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 c... (Sign in to see more)


J.G. Keely

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

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, l... (Sign in to see more)


فهد الفهد

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

1958


Will Byrnes

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

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 wor... (Sign in to see more)


Barry Pierce

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

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 ... (Sign in to see more)


M.L. Rudolph

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) By Chinua Achebe

1959 Love it or hate it, Achebe s tale of a flawed tribal patriarch is a powerful and important contribution to twentieth century literature.Think back to 1959 Liberation from colonial masters had not yet swept the African continent when this book appeared, but the pressures were building The US civ... (Sign in to see more)


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