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Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

Published: 2006-01-26
Paperback : 208 pages
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The most enduring account we have of the modern African experience as seen from within. Starting with the intricate pattern of duties and traditions, and the universal human conflicts of a tribal village in what is now Nigeria, Things Fall Apart encompasses the advent of European ...
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(The most enduring account we have of the modern African experience as seen from within. Starting with the intricate pattern of duties and traditions, and the universal human conflicts of a tribal village in what is now Nigeria, Things Fall Apart encompasses the advent of European colonialism, the intrusion of Christianity, and the shattering effects of an entire historical era on the immemorial culture of Africa.

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by Soovie (see profile) 09/14/11
Our hostess for this meeting served a Nigerian stew she found online with a side casserole of yams. Yams play an important part in the book. We drank an African Chenin Blanc. She made favors of little mirrors accompanied by a poem she wrote about looking into ourselves to find our "chi".

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  "Not for everyone"by Cindy B. (see profile) 06/23/20

I am glad I read this, but my book club would hate it. It is really bleak.

 
by Tricia P. (see profile) 09/24/19

 
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by Tazreen V. (see profile) 10/29/18

 
by Dorri H. (see profile) 04/26/18

 
by kalpana r. (see profile) 04/19/17

Found it a little long and confusing in parts. But really enjoyed the impact of colonialism on the characters and village life. Great book!

 
  "Things Fall Apart"by Barbara R. (see profile) 07/24/13

It takes a while to get into the book, so keep reading. A very well written book about the effect of change on tribes in Nigeria when the English missionaries arrive. Our discussion could have gone on... (read more)

 
  "Things Fall Apart"by SUSAN V. (see profile) 09/14/11

We follow the protaganist, Okonkwo, a Nigerian from the village of Ibo. There are really two parts to his story; first as a member of his tribal community before the arrival of European missionaries, and... (read more)

 
  "Things Fall Apart"by Kim M. (see profile) 10/20/10

 
  "Provoked interesting commentary"by John D. (see profile) 11/21/08

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