Things Fall Apart
This expanded edition of Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by the British conquest of Nigeria. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's character as well as external forces contribute to his downfall.
This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture,and literature, and reference material to help readers see Achebe's classic novel in social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.
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The author of this masterpiece is Chinua Achebe. The first edition of the book published in 1958. The novel follows the life of Okonkwo who was a wrestler champion in the fictional Nigerian clan of Umuofia.
This book has three parts; In the first part the writer writes about Okonkwo’s family, his life and also about his struggle against his inherited poverty. The author fabulously describes the journey of his hardworking life.
In the second and third part writer tells us about how does the things fall apart after British Colonialism and their influence upon the socio-cultural fabrics. The author takes the reader in the early years of Christian missionaries and explains their effect on the lives of the Igbo people.
The book is worth reading as it opens up the hidden customs of Nigerian clans. I would recommend this to all those who are interested in finding more about the African cultures.
My favorite lines in the book were, “A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.”
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Igbo Culture and History by Don Ohadike
Principal Characters in the Novel