Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Book - 1992
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THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1992.
ISBN: 9780679446231
0679446230
Branch Call Number: ACHEB
Characteristics: xxi, 181 p. ; 21 cm.

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When European missionaries arrive in an Ibo community in Nigeria, the lives of the villagers, and of one man in particular, are dramatically affected.


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uncommonreader
Sep 16, 2017

A masterpiece.

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peacebenow
Apr 27, 2017

"The pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger Delta". Compelling story of an African tribe invaded by the English religious who destroy these clans way of life for the the purpose of doing good for their own God.

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Candaceb108
Dec 18, 2016

I could not put this book down. We white people/westerners think we are so advanced, but in the face of today's global immigration, we are not acting very differently than the African's whose story this Achebe describes. We invaded the earth's peoples for profit; today's refugees run for their lives. Africans' culture was in touch with life, birth, death, family, the earth. We are in touch with our iphones, and laptops, but we are just as afraid and aggrieved as they were. Our ancestors invited them into an antiseptic hell what does our invitation say?

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pookyy
Jun 22, 2016

I liked it. It was very interesting. There's a lot of culture behind the book, so be prepared for that.

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EliA14
Jun 20, 2016

if you want to read a book that is about africa from an african, this is it. Achebe tells his peoples story beautifully in a time where all of it is falling apart.

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sspaniolo
Sep 09, 2015

This was one of the few book I actually read in high school. Why? Because from start to finish I just could not put the book down.

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

A compelling story narrative concerning tribal culture. Although the book opens slowly, Things Fall Apart grows more and more interesting to read as the novel progresses. The writing as well as the character development are admirable.

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1aa
Mar 11, 2015

A narrative that would probably be a much better audiobook. Uses techniques formed out of an oral storytelling tradition, which makes reading it - by those readers who are used to written narrative traditions - somewhat awkward, but ultimately a refreshing experience.

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sxl
Jan 26, 2015

insight into Nigerian tribal culture; universal themes re pride, fear, war, family; conflicting tribal perspectives on white missionaries bringing their beliefs into native communities

harepilot Dec 29, 2014

Simple unadorned writing, but fully casts the image of a long gone community and its essence

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

“Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

“Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.”

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

“When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.”

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

"He [Okonkwo] had a slight stammer and whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists."

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

"During the planting season Okonkwo worked daily on his farms from cock-crow until the chickens went to roost."

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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May 25, 2014

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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

Okonkwo is a celebrated wrestling champion and a well-off member of Umuofia society. As the novel explores his background as well as his struggle against the spread of Christianity, the reader is transported to pre-colonial Africa.

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

The main character of this book is Okonkwo, who work very hard but all the sudden, he would see a problem which he cannot deal with it.

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