Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 16, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 136 pages
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Chinua Achebe's remarkable novel Things Fall Apart (1958) is probably the best known African novel and has become one of the world's most influential literary masterpieces. Since publication, a total of nearly 12 million copies have been sold, with translations into more than 50 languages. Despite its undoubted success, its apparent simplicity has tended to blind readers to the dazzling storytelling resources and the inventive language, plot, setting, and characterization which first draw them to the novel and keep them reading. This is the ideal guide to the text, setting Things Fall Apart in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analyses of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception and examining its afterlife in literature, film and popular culture. It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading.

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Contents

Unity and Variety in Structure Language Style
17
The Communal World
39
Critical Reception Interpretation and Afterlife
83
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Ode Ogede is Professor of English at North Carolina Central University and past vice-president of the Modern Language Association of Nigeria. His publications include Achebe and the Politics of Representation and numerous essays on modern African fiction.

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