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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

What is progress and is it always positive? That is the theme at the heart of Chinua Achebe's moving novel, Things Fall Apart. Since its debut in 1958, this masterfully written book set in colonization-era Nigeria has dazzled, puzzled, and frustrated students as they struggle with the dislikable protagonist, Okonkwo, a fearless village warrior driven into exile, and as British imperialism sets in, tribal traditions and rituals are set aside. A landmark African novel, Things Fall Apart – part history lesson, part fable – shows that nothing is black and white.

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Things Fall Apart (ISBN10: 0385474547; ISBN13: 9780385474542)

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With over two million copies sold since its first U.S. Publication in 1969, Things Fall Apart is a classic novel. Chronicling the life Okonkwo; the leader of an Igbo (Ibo) community, from the events leading up to his banishment from the community for accidentally killing a clansman, through the seven years of his exile, to his return. Chinua Achebe writes a richly African story with a keen awareness for the common qualities among all humanity. As Nadine Gordimer was quoted , Achebe proves in this novel he is "gloriously gifted, with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." Things Fall Apart was praised for its intelligent and realistic treatment of tribal beliefs and of psychological disintegration coincident with social unraveling. Things Fall Apart helped create the Nigerian literary renaissance of the 1960s.

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