Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

KSh 495

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 arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.



Author: Chinua Achebe
Country: Nigeria
Publisher: East African Educational Publishers
Size (mm): 128 x 196 x 22
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 181 grams
Language: English
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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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    When the strong becomes the weak; When tradition is somewhat shatter than new influence; When our old faith is challenge by a new idea; When our success is met with misfortune, that is the time we know how vulnerable we are. We choose either to be conquered completely or to revolt to make the existence meaning. Deep down, a voice keeps shouting “i choose not to”.
    Okonkwo is bound to be a tragic hero.

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Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor at Brown University and critic. He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which is the most widely read book in modern African literature. Raised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a “language of colonizers”, in African literature. In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist”.