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Things Fall Apart

One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

A worldwide bestseller and the first part of Achebe's African Trilogy, Things Fall Apart is the compelling story of one man's battle to protect his community against the forces of change

Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire in the harmattan. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy.

First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature, and has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

'His courage and generosity are made manifest in the work' Toni Morrison

'The writer in whose company the prison walls fell down' Nelson Mandela

'A great book, that bespeaks a great, brave, kind, human spirit' John Updike

With an Introduction by Biyi Bandele

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Seitenzahl 176 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 25.04.2013
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780141393964
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Dateigröße 307 KB
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An African classic
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Zürich am 08.03.2020
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Achebe's novel shows an African community, the Igbo people, before Europeans arrived and changed their way of lives forever. There's no doubt that Achebe is a masterful storyteller and I love his writing style. However, the story is not always an gripping. I loved learning about a culture I was ignorant about and Achebe perfectl... Achebe's novel shows an African community, the Igbo people, before Europeans arrived and changed their way of lives forever. There's no doubt that Achebe is a masterful storyteller and I love his writing style. However, the story is not always an gripping. I loved learning about a culture I was ignorant about and Achebe perfectly shows how both Igbo and Europeans have patriarchal structures and rampant misogyny, I had difficulty with the main protagonist's perspective. He could be very violent and abusive and that can get tiring after a while. Some scenes also go nowhere or are a little longer that I would've wanted but that is a personal and highly subjective preference so I can't fault it for that. Nonetheless, the novel is a deserved classic of literature and a great starting point for people who haven't read any African literature.