Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.
With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
More than 60 years after its original publication, Chinua Achebe’s classic novel about Nigeria—and a tribal society fractured by colonialism—resonates as loudly ever. It follows a group of people secure in their traditions who are forced to figure out how to absorb the unwelcome influences of the outside world; flat-footed resistance turns out to be pointless. Written in muscular prose, Achebe’s tale of colonial African exploitation has distinct echoes of a Greek tragedy, dealing with pride, shame, and the profound push-and-pull between fathers and sons.
A Profound Story
What an amazing novel. All should read it and get an understanding of how forcing change on an otherwise peaceful community disrupts and eventually destroys a way of life that for century's flourished. All in the name of God.
A book worth reading
I can say without exaggeration that this book is a must read for those interested the early days of the colonization of Africa. A rich tapestry of words forming an unforgettable picture of how their culture rapidly changed. Well written , and an excellent narrative.
All Time African Classic!
Read this book in High School and it stuck with me. Witness the raw and unfiltered collision of two worlds with disastrous consequences. Africa lost more than land and its natural resources. Centuries old traditions, religions, balance with nature all lost in an instant. Often times the story of Africa is told by foreigners who think they understand it and for once we get to hear it from an African. Great read and highly recommended!