Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BookConcierge - LibraryThing
Audio book performed by Peter Francis James 3.5*** (rounded up to 4****) In Achebe’s look at life in Nigeria before and after colonialism, Okonkwo is caught between the tribal traditions he has ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
A tragedy of colonialism and the reactions to it which doom its central characters. This is THE story of Africa and how it has suffered at the hands of arrogance and ethnocentrism. On a personal level, it is also the story of how an obsession with masculine strength can weaken us. Read full review