Book :: Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart
By: Chinua Achebe
Pages: 209
Published: 1958
Genre(s): Africa
Historical Fiction
Adult Fiction
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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the...

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Jan 21st, 2019

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Jun 11th, 2018

forline forline

read in college as an introduction to African literature. Reread as my kids were assigned this gem.

Jan 4th, 2018

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 23rd, 2015

Caro60 Caro60

How refresshing to finally read a book about Africa which is written from the local point of view. And how apt is the title as you are painted a picture of both individuals and a culture destroyed by the imposition of another culture upon them. This is a powerful book.

Jan 15th, 2015

red13x red13x

This is a very good book! It took me a few chapters to get into it, but after that I was hooked. Well worth a read.

Dec 26th, 2014

jwk jwk

Dec 12th, 2014

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Jul 25th, 2014

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Jun 11th, 2014

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Mar 19th, 2014

rebekahj391 rebekahj391

I can't believe this book doesn't have any ratings yet...It's amazing! I was assigned to read this book in high school shortly after our class read Heart of Darkness (which I hated). After the first two or so chapters, the book really started to pick up and I fell in love. I read the rest of the book in one night. (It's THAT good.) This book is never something I would have read on my own, but I'm so glad I did. It opened my eyes to African culture and taught me a newfound respect for other civilizations, especially those we may regard as "primitive". I truly believe everyone should read this novel; it is a beautiful work of art.

Aug 23rd, 2013

Things Fall Apart appears on these lists...

56th on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert

70th on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe

71st on 100 Greatest Novels of All Time by The Guardian

39th on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

14th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek