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  • Title: Things Fall Apart
  • Author: Chinua Achebe
  • ISBN: 9780393932195
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written during a period of nationalist assertion and an emerging modern culture in Africa, Things Fall Apart s influence quickly spread from Nigeria throughout Africa and beyond In its fifty years, this unforgettable novel has been translated into fifty languages and has been read by millions.A Chronology of Achebe s life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also inclWritten during a period of nationalist assertion and an emerging modern culture in Africa, Things Fall Apart s influence quickly spread from Nigeria throughout Africa and beyond In its fifty years, this unforgettable novel has been translated into fifty languages and has been read by millions.A Chronology of Achebe s life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
    Things Fall Apart Written during a period of nationalist assertion and an emerging modern culture in Africa Things Fall Apart s influence quickly spread from Nigeria throughout Africa and beyond In its fifty years th

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    1. How To Criticize Things Fall Apart Without Sounding Like A Racist Imperialist 1 Focus on the plot and how nothing very interesting really happens Stress that it was only your opinion that nothing interesting happens, so that everyone realizes that you just can t identify with any of the events described, and this is your fault only 2 Explain gently and with examples that bestowing daddy issues on a flawed protagonist is not a sufficient excuse for all of the character s flaws, and is a device th [...]

    2. The drums were still beating, persistent and unchanging Their sound was no longer a separate thing from the living village It was like the pulsation of its heart It throbbed in the air, in the sunshine, and even in the trees, and filled the village with excitement Chinua Achebe, Things Fall ApartThis is a book of many contrasts colonialism and traditional culture, animism and Christianity, the masculine and the feminine, and the ignorant and the aware although who is who depends on who s speakin [...]

    3. I read this many years ago as a teenager, before it was as well known as it is today, and then I read it again in college Readers often expect imperialism to be dealt with in black and white Either the author desires to see native ways preserved and consequently views any imperial attempts as immoral and threatening, or he s a Kipling style white man s burden devotee who believes non European cultures ought to be improved by supervision from their European superiors Yet Things Fall Apart is a no [...]

    4. Achebe s protagonist isn t a very nice man In reality he is an asshole I don t like him I don t think anyone really does He is ruthless and unsympathetic to his fellow man He grew up in a warrior s culture the only way to be successful was to be completely uncompromising and remorseless His father was weak and worthless, according to him, so he approached life with an unshakable will to conquer it with his overbearing masculinity When Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was heavy in d [...]

    5. My son and I had a long talk about this novel the other day, after he finished reading it for an English class Over the course of the study unit, we had been talking about Chinua Achebe s fabulous juxtaposition of different layers of society, both within Okonkwo s tribe, and within the colonialist community We had been reflecting on aspects of the tribe that we found hard to understand, being foreign and against certain human rights we take for granted, most notably parts of the strict hierarchy [...]

    6. The act of writing is strangely powerful, almost magical to take ideas and put them into a lasting, physical form that can persist outside of the mind For a culture without a written tradition, a libraries are not great structures of stone full of objects instead, stories are curated within flesh, locked up in a cage of bone To know the story, you must go to the storyteller In order for that story to persist through time, it must be retold and rememorized by successive generations.A book, scroll [...]

    7. In this classic tale Okonkwo is a strong man in his village, and in his region of nine villages At age 18 he beat the reigning wrestling champion and has been an industrious worker all his life, a reaction to his lazy, drunkard father He lives his life within the cultural confines of his limited world, following the laws that govern his society, accepting the religious faith of his surroundings, acting on both, even when those actions would seem, to us in the modern west, an abomination While he [...]

    8. Y know when you read a novel that is just so stark and bare and depraved that you know it s going to stay with you for a very long time Yep, it s happened guys It s happened This novel ruined me Ugh it s so great and so horrible It s what Yeats would describe as a terrible beauty Read it, let it wreck you, and bathe in its importance.

    9. 1959 Love it or hate it, Achebe s tale of a flawed tribal patriarch is a powerful and important contribution to twentieth century literature.Think back to 1959 Liberation from colonial masters had not yet swept the African continent when this book appeared, but the pressures were building The US civil rights movement had not yet erupted, but the forces were in motion Communism and capitalism were fighting a pitched battle for control of hearts and minds, for bodies and land, around the world Afr [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book It was the first book we read in my contemporary world literature class and it stirred some really good discussion I m all about any conversation in which I can discuss dismantling the patriarchy, and this book definitely dealt a lot with sexism, which is a topic I find infuriating yet interesting The writing style was simple and quick to read, and although there wasn t an abundance of imagery, some of the similes comparisons were really pretty I thought this was a gre [...]

    11. Achebe s classic is a quick and interesting read albeit with a depressingly realistic end My curiosity will most likely lead me to of his work and I enjoyed the narrative style The ambiguities of cultural clash with an obvious misbalance of power and the two different kinda of brutality in the conflict were thought provoking and painful to read because they were surely even worse in real life.

    12. Maybe the best thing about Achebe s, Things Fall Apart, is that it give us a look at African culture from the inside, from their perspective, how they viewed the world around them and their place in it Most of the African novels I ve read give the outside view, the colonial or Christian view, which unfairly judges a people and a culture they couldn t possibly understand.The story is set in the Nigerian village of Umuofia in the late 1800 s Since their culture is based on history and tradition, t [...]

    13. I wondered for a while why this book felt like a fieldwork than a guided mind tour, but the answer is obvious It lays in the fact that the novel has little of that character building I m used from reading mainly Western literature The surroundings are not put in the background to serve only as a reflection of one s thought process, but form an organism of its own Here, in the middle of an African village on the verge of white people s arrival, the rhythm of living is dictated by weather, crops [...]

    14. 4 Stars from what I remembered from reading this in high school3 Stars from rereading it nowThis book is a classic that is on a lot of required reading lists I can understand that as it gives a fictional glimpse into the Westernization of Africa A topic like this is very heavy, controversial, and important because of this, a tale in this genre is going to have a big impact and will easily make its way to must read status.When I read it in high school, I think I enjoyed it than now because the s [...]

    15. Onvan Things Fall Apart The African Trilogy, 1 Nevisande Chinua Achebe ISBN 385474547 ISBN13 9780385474542 Dar 209 Safhe Saal e Chap 1958

    16. I found this a smooth, good read Absorbing, well paced, engrossing and not at all long novella length Sad to say, I don t as a rule expect good reads in those books upheld as modern classics, but this pulled me in Someone who saw me reading it told me they found the style Romper Room and some reviews seem to echo that I didn t feel that way I d call the style spare which befits a writer who when asked which writers he admired and who influenced him named Hemingway along with Conrad and Graham Gr [...]

    17. I finally read this book the 50th Anniversary Edition THANK YOU for the book Loretta I m sorry it took me so long to read it Interesting timing for me, too, having just read NW by Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and a couple of James Baldwin books recently plus, yesterday was Martin Luther King s day African identity, nationalism, decolonization, racism, sexism, competing cultural systems, languages and dialogue, social political issues have been in my space I didn t know what to expect ma [...]

    18. A real tour de force but a plain tale simply told Achebe illustrates and explains rather than judges and provides a moving and very human story of change and disintegration Set in Nigeria in the nineteenth century it tells the story of Okonkwo and his family and community He is a man tied to his culture and tradition and fighting to be different to his father He is strong and proud and unable to show his feelings His courage and rashness get him into trouble with his community and traditions The [...]

    19. I had said earlier in one of my former reviews, about how if a certain character is not overwhelmed by the plot theme of a script and stands out on its own potency becoming memorable than the story itself, the book is worth applauding and so is the author for its creation When one reads Things Fall Apart, amongst its vast documentary of Igbo culture of the southeastern part of Nigeria a man named Okonkwo shines not for his tragic fate but for the man he turned out to be due to his withering cir [...]

    20. Things fall apart the centre cannot hold is from Yeats s poem The Second Coming Fifty years after Chinua Achebe wrote this deceptively simple Nigerian tragedy, Things Fall Apart has never been out of print It s hailed as Africa s best known work of literature and I can easily see why.At the heart of the story is a strong man, Okonkwo, with an overwhelming need to prove himself to himself and his tribe he must overcome the bad reputation of his drunkard ne er do well father Although Okonkwo can e [...]

    21. There is no story that is not true Chinua Achebe, Things Fall ApartAchebe s Magnum Opus is one of those essential novels where one can see its greatness while at the same moment understand that part of its strength lies not in anything the novel itself ever does, but in the place the novel holds in time and place If Things Fall Apart were written 40 years earlier it would have probably been ignored both in Africa and the West If it had been written 40 years later, it would have been seen as good [...]

    22. Whenever I buy a book for someone as a gift I always include a bookmark, its one of those things I inherited from my parents As a result of which, whenever I see some nice or quirky or unusual bookmarks I buy them A few years ago I bought about ten long metal markers on which were engraved the 50 books one ought to have read Looking down the list I saw this one and ticked it off as one I had read, though I didn t remember it very well Then a few months ago my book club opted to read it As I bega [...]

    23. This is my new favorite book because within five minutes, a person s reaction will tell me how defensive they are about being considered racist, whether or not they ve been accused that minute.This is an excellent way to identify racists, for fun and profit.Seriously, covering it in class has been like, Fielding Racists 101 and How to Sound Over Defensive When Talking About How African People Are Actually More Violent, No Totally class.One guy actually said there was literally no parallel or poi [...]

    24. I gotta admit I did not enjoy the book at first, but a few chapters in it got me I m still on the fence with Achebe, since the few books I have read by him have left me with bittersweet memories of Objective innocence towards atrocities committed in the name of colonialism I feel narrative objectivity was a crucial aspect of Achebe s storytelling, but I can t say I enjoy how he writes I loved his thorough yet simplistic introduction to Ibo culture and language, as well as the juxtaposition of ch [...]

    25. I had an illustrated Folio edition of this book on my shelves for almost a decade and I kept skipping over it to reach for other books Finally, a nudge from a Read Harder challenge prompt got me to pick it up and I am glad as I thought it was amazing This book fits rather well into my reading year after recently finishingAmericanahby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie andWhat It Means When a Man Falls from the Skyby Lesley Nneka Arimah both dealing with modern day Nigeria or the Nigerian diaspora It was a [...]

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