Things Fall Apart
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Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
Literature
Jul 26, 2018
Composed in English and published in 1958, two years before Nigeria declared independence, Things Fall Apart was the first African novel to attain a wide international readership. It is a short, sparely told tale that nevertheless embraces themes of enormous import: fate and will, the determining influences of familial inheritance, the consequences and consolations of custom, the legacy of colonialism. It also illuminates the personal and political crises provoked by the failure of individuals and societies to grow while maintaining their identities in the face of change. And while the novel is steeped in Achebe’s native Igbo culture and alert to the conflicts inherent in the historical moment it depicts, its action seems to unfold on a universal stage; it is as rich in human substance as Greek tragedy, and just as mysteriously powerful in its effect.
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Oct 30, 2018
beautifully written and an insightful glimpse into village life in Nigeria before it was ruined by imperialism
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Nov 28, 2018
Gives great perspective on a different world and time.
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Yes
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Dec 4, 2018
Superb allegory
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Dec 25, 2018
It really affected me, and I think I really need to reread it sometime
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transforms you to another time and place
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Feb 5
We all need to learn about and understand different cultures...even if through novels.
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I read this in my freshman year of college. It shows the impact of colonization of Africa...
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Great book!
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Always something
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Fantastic tale. It really made me think about how societies change and how the colonization of Africa changed it so much.
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Did not really enjoy the story but the themes involved were very jarring to my Western experience. They pop back into my mind from time to time
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Mar 30
Been meaning to.
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This is as good an entrance into African literature as exists.
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Inspiring core reading from a Postcolonial Geography module I took in the final year of my degree.
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Apr 17
good book!
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This is an absolutely haunting book that has stuck with me ever since I read it. I can never hear the phrase "things fall apart" now without experiencing a sinking feeling in my stomach because of the poignant melancholy the book elicited from me. I really felt as if I had been there in Okonkwo's village.
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