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Things Fall Apart: A Novel

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Chinua Achebe

One of Chinua Achebe's many achievements in his acclaimed first novel,Things Fall Apart, is his relentlessly unsentimental rendering of Nigerian tribal life before and after the coming of colonialism. First published in 1958, just two years before Nigeria … see full wiki

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Author: Chinua Achebe
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Anchor
3 reviews about Things Fall Apart: A Novel
review by . January 20, 2013
I am truly disappointed that I wasn't assigned this in High School. I just finished reading this and...God, I loved it. It's a mini-epic, an exploration of the Nigerian culture before and after the coming of European colonialism, but centered around the tragedy of one man. Why is it so good? Well, let's consider the title first of all. "Things Fall Apart". Taken from Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming", the title is so simple and yet gets to the heart of the matter …
Quick Tip by . January 19, 2013
It's no secret why this novel is considered Chinua Achebe's masterpiece.  It is a wonderfully stark and balanced portrayal of Igbo tribal life as well as being an excellent tragedy in its own right.  Okonkwo is definitely one of the more unique antiheroes I've ever encountered in literature.  Some readers may find the plot kind of slow, episodic and aimless at the beginning, but this is intentional as it makes the ending of the story have that much more impact.  Highly …
review by . December 24, 2004
This novel has been assigned for the intro to literature course I teach to technical college students, most of whom are immigrants or their children, most from Asia or Latin America. I've wondered about the relevance, therefore, of a Nigerian story set a century ago, written in a rather formal, faintly Britishised English prose, which for most of the story takes a leisurely, rather episodic pace until sudden eruptions of energy--as in the night pursuing the priestess, or the fate of the foster son …
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