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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

It makes us so happy to remember is that works of fiction can be textbooks, too! And of all the influential novels that have earned this title, Things Fall Apart by Achebe has a quiet authority that sets it apart. Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart in 1959, as scrutiny of British colonialism's encroachment on Nigerian culture. The novel reads like a parable, in which Nigerian tradition and ritual are usurped by the arrival of British missionaries in the protagonist's village. Through deeply compelling characters and elegant prose, Achebe depicts a culture destroyed at the hands of "progress" with unsettling accuracy. If Things Fall Apart is your required reading, consider yourself lucky!

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