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THINGS FALL APART

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Written with quiet dignity that builds to a climax of tragic force, this book about the dissolution of an African tribe, its traditions, and values, represents a welcome departure from the familiar "Me, white brother" genre. Written by a Nigerian African trained in missionary schools, this novel tells quietly the story of a brave man, Okonkwo, whose life has absolute validity in terms of his ... Read full review

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Things Fall Apart is an affectionate description of the culture of an Ibo clan told from an insider's viewpoint, focusing on the life of Okonkwo, one of his tribe's most respected leaders. The customs and religion of the Ibo village are described with sympathy and simplicity, creating a sense of nostalgia for a way of life completely exotic to Western sensibilities, but making the reader feel the force and logic of a traditional culture seen from within. This idyllic description is clouded by the reader's awareness of the culture's fragility, a foreboding sense of pity and of looming disaster. Disaster comes, of course, in the shape of white missionaries. In the last part of the story, evangelizing Christians and English colonial administrators establish themselves in the Ibo village, and act to corrode and unravel the traditional life of the Ibo people. An escalating series of misunderstandings and conflicts between the whites and natives lead to the inevitable tragic ending. In the last paragraph of the novel, the perspective shifts suddenly to that of the English colonial adminstrator, and ends with one of the most powerful and affecting last lines of any novel I've read.
This book was thoroughly enjoyable, and I recommend it unreservedly.
 

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Chinua Achebe's motivation to write "Things Fall Apart" might have resulted from the events that shaped his experiences in the Nigerian society.
Things Fall Apart is set in Pre-colonial Nigeria
and reflects the struggle between traditions and modernity. Okwonko is the major character in the novel, and changes with the events in the storyline. Chinua Achebe advocates for consideration of a merger between the African culture and the newly introduced Western culture. It is arguable that no single culture is sufficient on its own. The interaction of the cultures is necessary for the survival of each.
The novel is also part of a sequel, with the other novels by Chinua Achebe being: No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Read the complete review at http://www.africanliteraturereviews.wordpress.com
 

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Chinua Achebe's motivation to write "Things Fall Apart" might have resulted from the events that shaped his experiences in the Nigerian society.
Things Fall Apart is set in Pre-colonial Nigeria
and reflects the struggle between traditions and modernity. Okwonko is the major character in the novel, and changes with the events in the storyline. Chinua Achebe advocates for consideration of a merger between the African culture and the newly introduced Western culture. It is arguable that no single culture is sufficient on its own. The interaction of the cultures is necessary for the survival of each.
The novel is also part of a sequel, with the other novels by Chinua Achebe being: No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Read the complete review at http://www.africanliteraturereviews.wordpress.com
 

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Timeless and thought provoking.

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THINGS FALL APART

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Reviewer: Mwalimu Jeffkass
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Chinua Achebe states the conflicts of interests between the African cultures and the Western cultures and its very true that no one can abandon his culture in the respect of the other culture. I believe that the heroic character in this novel Okonkwo has all the reasons to be strong on his sentiments because he is a man of integrity even though the righteous man cannot be always judged by the good things he does but by the slight mistakes he has gone through whether fixed or not.Obirieka as a witness cries foul for the predicaments that are being caused by the fellow men but regretts none according to how he handles any issue that comes across him.Okonkwo seems to be more interested in the future and he wants the young to be strong enough to encounter the problems that may come across them and provokes them in away of motivating them by asking;"where are the young suckers that would replace the old bananas when the old bananas finally die? after he has realised some weaknesses in the young people. Africans are very preservative and cannot leave their ways and beliefs as expected by the whites. The Igbo people believe fully in their supreme god Chukwu and dare not to be mislead by the whites. In any struggle, the strongest men become the main victims and they end up into downfalls and that is what happens to Okonkwo. Mwalimu Jeffkass; A musician, a play writer, an actor and a communication and media graduate at Chuka University in Kenya. 

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An all time classic and a must read. It should be illegal to walk through life and not read this.

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amazing story
really easy and smooth
its a must read in your lifetime
*nuff luv 

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I also read this book in high school. It really caught my attention because of it's origins. My roots are in Africa, where this book emerged from. The book also is interesting because of all the tirbal traditions and customs that it potrays, which is close to my heart as I am studying to be an anthropologist. The cultural perspective really captured my attention and held it until the end. The emotional range that Achebe put into his characters was also incredible. I'd suggest this book to anyone.  

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