Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Paperback, 209 pages

Published April 21st 2009 by Anchor Canada

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within. – Goodreads

My Opinion: I think that this books interesting. It deals with the themes of cultural clashes and leadership. The writing was a little different because it follows the ways of the Ibo, there are lots of proverbs. Somethings that I didn’t like were that the culture was very severe. Women were looked down upon but not the Oracle, they couldn’t tap palm tree for the oil unless it was on the ground (the higher class of men) and the women were beaten and totally taken advantage of in my opinion. It was just a society full of contradictions. The ending was understandable. I have to admit that at first I was disappointed, however, after thinking about it for a little while I decided that the ending made sense and I don’t think that another ending would have worked well in the end.

This was definitely an interesting book.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5


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