Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe
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.


Reviewed: 2019-11-22

The extra star is for the importance of this book. Without Things Fall Apart, there would be no Chinua Achebe, and without Chinua Achebe, there would very likely be a completely different Nigerian literature than what we know now is rich and full and includes some of my favorite authors. I would imagine that in its day, this book was a total revelation -- and sadly, too much is far too relevant still today. I read this book at least once a decade, and I never feel like it's not worth it. 

Reviewed: 2017-09-17

It was fascinating to view the encroachment of christianity from the poin-of-view of the encroached. I did not fully comprehend just how powerful an ideology it is until I read this book.

Nietzsche seems to have been right about the great switch of good and evil.
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