Things Fall Apart

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Pearson Education, 1974 - English language - 85 pages
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- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from "The Odyssey through modern literature- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index- Introductory essay by Harold Bloom

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Simple writing with great imagery. - Goodreads
This book was confusing and hard to read. - Goodreads
Wonderful. Nice cultural insights. - Goodreads
The plot was rather dry. - Goodreads
An incredible read with a fantastic ending. - Goodreads
The ending is so deflating. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Well, this is as good as I remembered. Tight, gripping story and great characterization. Okonkwo is a terrific protagonist. Definitely seems like it's the beginning of a larger story (which, of course ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Gail Amendt - Goodreads

I did not plan to give this book five stars until the very end, at which time I realized what a gem it really is. It is subtle, very subtle, and you don't at first realize how profound it is. It tells ... Read full review

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About the author (1974)

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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