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Things Fall Apart Novel by Chinua Achebe Review/Summary

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Things Fall Apart Novel by Chinua Achebe Review/Summary

Writer: Chinua Achebe
Publication RHUS
ISBN-10 0385474547
Language: English
Genre: History
Best Sellers Rank: #278,434 in Books
Custoer review 4.5/5
Publish Date: 1958

Things Fall Apart is a novel written by Chinua Achebe that was first published in 1958. The novel offers an insightful portrayal of pre-colonial life in the southeastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of Europeans in the late 19th century. It is considered to be the quintessential modern African novel in English and is one of the first African novels to achieve worldwide acclaim. It is widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world, and is a staple book in schools throughout Africa. It was the first work published in William Heinemann Ltd's African Writers Series, making it a landmark publication. The novel follows the life of Okonkwo, an Igbo (also spelled "Ibo" in the novel) man and a renowned wrestler in the fictional Nigerian clan of Umuofia. The book is divided into three parts. The first part portrays Okonkwo's family and personal history, as well as the customs and society of the Igbo people. The second and third parts highlight the impact of European colonialism and Christian missionaries on Okonkwo, his family, and the Igbo community at large. After the publication of Things Fall Apart, Achebe went on to write a sequel called No Longer at Ease, which was originally written as the second part of a larger work along with Arrow of God. Although his later novels, A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah, do not feature Okonkwo's descendants, Achebe regarded them as spiritual successors to his previous works, as they also chronicled the history of Africa.

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