Things Fall Apart: Chinua Achebe:
About this book:
Things Fall Apart. Is a classic African literature piece. This novel is set in Nigeria in the late eighteen hundreds. Nigeria is the home of Okonkwo, who is a member of the Ibo tribe. Okonkwo lives in one of the many Nigerian villages with more than one wife and many more children. He is respected through out the villages, as he is a man of great power and substance.
In the village where Okonkwo lives, it is of great importance to uphold your family traditions and respect all authority from each and every one of your elders. It is for this reason that he revers his family ancestors and the gods that he worships. He also unquestioningly upholds all the laws of his tribe.
However things don’t stay the way that Okonkwo or his elders and tribesmen would like. Okonkwo soon sees all that he holds dear to him are beginning to fall away. All of this decay in his village and the villages surrounding him are hastened by the fact that, white people have entered these Nigerian villages with some new laws. These white men are also trying to remove the idol gods that they worship and bring each and everyone of them to Christianity to worship a new God.
What will Okonkwo and his tribe do? Will they conform to the new laws of the white men, and will they convert to Christianity? Or will they fight to keep their tribes old laws and traditions? Find out in this most riveting piece of African literature.
Why I recommend it:
This book is suited for anyone over the age of ten. I say this because it is one that requires a lot of concentration, and I feel it would be a difficult read for a younger child. I myself would have lost concentration all the way through. I read this book though as a teenager and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. This novel literally had me on the edge of my seat, wanting more and more each time I read. I also feel that it is one of the best pieces of African literature. Chinua Achebe was no doubt a pioneer of his time.
“… A very simple but excellent novel” – The Observer. This novel is also a winner of the Margret Wrong Award. Exclusive Books, also has this book on the list of one hundred and one books to read before you die. Go on don’t delay, pic up a copy of this book and read it today.
Star Rating: goodreads.com. Rates this book 3.55 out of 5.
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