Things Fall Apart

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 1, 1975 - Igbo (African people) - 150 pages
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The most enduring account we have of the modern African experience as seen from within. Starting with the intricate pattern of duties and traditions, and the universal human conflicts of a tribal village in what is now Nigeria, Things Fall Apart encompasses the advent of European colonialism, the intrusion of Christianity, and the shattering effects of an entire historical era on the immemorial culture of Africa.

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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  - Dean Brown - Goodreads

While the writing was of a good standard, the story lacked development until the later stages of the book. Perhaps three quarters of the story is merely cultural nuances and short tales in morality ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ariel (mot_avant) - Goodreads

Things Fall Apart is my first encounter with Chinua Achebe's work. I happened to see it up on the circulation shelf on my last trip to the library while I was checking out and remembered it was on my ... Read full review

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About the author (1975)

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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