Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

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First published in 1958, this novel tells the story of Okonkwo, the leader of an Igbo (Ibo) community who is banished for accidentally killing a clansman. The novel covers the seven years of his exile to his return, providing an inside view of the intrusion of white missionaries and colonial government into tribal Igbo society in the 1890s.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Copyright Date: ©1959
ISBN: 9780385474542
0385474547
Branch Call Number: F ACHEB-C
Characteristics: 209 pages ; 21 cm

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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

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omdarbandi
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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