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Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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<div><br/><div>Reader's Guides provide a comprehensive starting point for any advanced student, giving an overview of the context, criticism and influence of key works. Each guide also offers students fresh critical insights and provides a practical introduction to close reading and to analysing literary language and form. They pro ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 16th 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Cynthia Gibson
I'm currently on page 76 and this book is incredible. I don't really like reading about tribes and historical reading but this book has definitely caught my attention since its from the perspective of Okonkwo. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who just want to read a book that contains somewhat tribal traditions and beliefs. I rate this book an absolute 5.
Annie Sirois
Things Fall Apart take the reader through a series of highs and lows relating around Okonkwo, a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan. Okonkwo loves his loved ones through mistakes he makes and ultimately losses himself trying to fight for his clan. Okonkwo's mishaps will later comprise part of the District Commissioners novel: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger. Achebe's Things Fall Apart was an engaging novel that was well written and easy to comprehend the ...more
Jan Priddy
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe (1959) was a worldview-altering novel. I've taught it with seniors for several years and it comes back as a favorite.

I was first assigned this novel in a unique class offered at the University of Washington in my sophomore year. Grad students from around the world, but especially Nigeria and other former colonies, and studying music, literature, art, and social science wanted to teach a class about African arts—not African-American, but arts from Africa.

It ga
Avneesh Kumar
What a book. One of the top ten books I have ever read. The literary flow of this book is extremely good, it is not a story made up of stray imagination, but it has been truly devolved on the author.

The book very beautifully explains the culture of Nigeria, and its social life, economic conditions, their belief systems, and positive & negative aspects of their belief. Then the author draws references that how religion was used as an instrument by the colonisers.

Every faith and very religion
after finishing this book it made me think about many events . i know this book was published to show that Africans were not savages and deadly and un-civilized before the European influence.
but i think you take more from this book if you think about the world and how technology is changing during that time.Achebe showed that their people were not only civilized but had culture. now their way of life was not perfect due to fact of lack of knowledge and education. there was a white man riding a
Language can be a bridge from one way of thinking to another person's culture, which is what this book provides. It isn't about clever puns, riveting plot twists, or flowing descriptions, it's about a culture that you've most likely never seen, told through the eyes of a man who is watching it crumble into dust. The language is basic English, probably 6th grade or middle school level, but it provides a fascinating glimpse into an Africa that doesn't exist anymore. It doesn't romanticize it eithe ...more
Shirin bagchi
The last few chapters reminded me of Aranyak a lot.. As Tagore said rightfully, Civilization is a curse..
Gavin Woods
I will admit, I was originally skeptical about reading "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. I questioned what relevance a book written 50 years ago that takes place in a small Nigerian village in the midst of colonization. But once I read the book I was pleasantly surprised by Achebe's use of dialogue and character because somehow I was able to make multiple connections between the fictional village of Umuofia and modern day Pelham. The theme of Things Fall Apart is that change is not only inev ...more
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a book about a successful man named Okonkwo living in an African tribe, who refuses to change as time passes on, and eventually, things fall apart for the man. From a 3rd person point of view, Achebe wrote this book to teach people timeless life lessons, which can apply to anyones life. Achebe also wrote Things Fall Apart to inform people about african culture of the early 1900’s. Achebe did this by writing a story with a realistic plot, but at the same time ...more
Short, elegiac novel that touches upon many difficult subjects without the heavy hand of didacticism.

Reading the novel in 2015 presents several challenges. The Africa that Achebe describes might as well be Mars to me. It is somewhat difficult to find any sympathy for the ignorant, superstitious Igbo people, who are at various points in the novel shown to systematically condone the slaughter of babies and children, vicious familial abuse and an almost suicidally short sighted approach to their o


Nigerian Chinua Achebe is the Author of the novel Things fall apart. It was first
published in 1958 by William Heinemann. This book was seen as a archetypal modern African
novel, but in English. It was one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. Achebe was born
as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe in Igbo village of Ogidi in November 1930.Chinua taught in
Oba for a couple of months, but when an opportunity arose in 54 to work for the Nigerian
Broadcasting Service,
Uncle Sam
The book was mediocre. It was interesting in its insites into African culture, but passed that ot just seems to ramble on. The constant feasts and celebrations seem to melt together, and they always include yams. Some aspects of the culture were almost disturbing. The men beating their wives and children. Women are basically enslaved to their husbands, all they are good for are making children and cooking. Okonkwo is no different, it one point he fires his gun at his wife (luckily missing). Howe ...more
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

10 Words: Traditional Man, cannot accept change, longs for good old days.

This story follows through the life of a man who works hard for himself, his family and his people. Then one day an accident happens and everything he has worked for gets turned upside down. He is forced to spend seven years in Exile (his wife and children along with him). The year ends with Missionaries starting to gain a foothold in both his tribe and the one his mother came from.
The wa
Craig Kyle
So, unless you’re from Nigeria, you might not be able to relate to the Igbo culture that this book is about. I bet your dad hasn’t murdered your adopted brother, and I’m guessing that your country hasn’t just been colonized and your culture shattered. But if you think you can’t relate to this book, think again.

Though Okonkwo, our main character, is a respected leader in the Umuofia tribe of the Igbo people, he lives in fear of becoming his father – a man known for his laziness and cowardice. Th
Chemaine Myers
I am so amazed by how fascinated I was by this novel. I was so intrigue to read more about the customs and the traditions of the people living in that african village so long ago. Some of the customs, I was not pleased with, especially when someone had twins they would throw the babies into the "evil forest" and leave it to died, because they thought twins were a curse or bad luck' not sure how they got to that reason. Other things I recognised from various things I did and hear as I child when ...more
Haaris Bjotvedt
Wow. This book had a lots of ups and downs. I will say that I was intruiged throughout most of the book. To start this review off I will talk about the negatives. First off the book had a lot of words from the Ibo village in Nigeria making reading alittle frusturating having to go back and forth between the glossary. Other than that the only othere negative side to this book was just that there were so many characters, some witha great description and others with a small description. With all of ...more
There is not much to be said about Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart before one reads it, except that it is outstanding as a work of art and one that will change the perspectives of many who read it. The book can seem a bit slow at parts, but it is still engaging, and the book as a whole pulls off a trick that I've rarely seen before. Simply put, you should read this book if you haven't already.

The story mainly follows a man named Okonkwo, who lives in a clan in an unspecified section of Africa.
First of all, I didn't really read the reader's guide; I read the novel. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Full disclosure? I've read and taught this book twice. But like any great book, I relish these re-readings. The text is rich with suspense, inner conflict, questions of morality, and African culture. It is a book that should be required reading for everyone.

Okonkwo is a well-respected member of his village- he has three wives, a number of sons, and multiple titles. His prosperity continues t
Ciaran Thapar
This is a work of higher powers. It leaves one's Western expectations about narrative and social values in tatters. His objective voice is immovable, but you can't help but be left feeling ashamed of the white man's colonial legacy. Achebe achieves simplicity and profound complexity in one short book. I almost cried on the last page.
Isabelle Kamau
Chinua Chebe takes us through the life of Okwonko,a powerful, hardworking, highly respected warrior, who is said to have been born with a very good chi. He loves fiercely but the only emotion he allows himself is anger, other emotions are a display of lack of testosteron and very inappropriate in his eyes! As the story unfolds we get to find out if the olden gods are really smiling down at him! we are taken through the ups and downs of his life as an elder and a family man, Chinua has a very fu ...more
I love the history behind this book. It is very interesting to learn of Africa and read a fictional story with some historical basis. This book was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning, but worth it in the end
I believe the central idea in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is that the world is constantly changing. One will need to adapt to those changes in order to thrive. This book takes place in a small village in what is now Nigeria during the imperialist era. The book is told by an omniscient author. There is no protagonist but the main character is a warrior named Okrafor. This book describes Okafor’s adult life. There isn’t any main plot throughout the story. I found the story very odd. I’ve ne ...more
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a surprisingly easy to read book that throws you into a strange and foreign society. Achebe effectively explains some the key events that take place within the Ibo culture. Sometimes the language is a little tricky to understand but it isn't too bad. I think it tells an interesting message that most people didn't even know about. At some points in the book, it gets a little boring, particularly in the beginning but quickly picks up pace and gets very interes ...more
I didn't love this as much as I wanted to, especially since it seems to now be on every high school reading list. The story of an African tribe that is steeped in tradition and then must face change with the coming of the white man does hold some interest. The meticulous detail of the tribal culture is fascinating. For me, however, the characters were not very finely drawn, so in the end, the coming of the white man never reached the tragic level that it must have done in real life. One of those ...more
Breath taking on the deep rooted culture in Africa
The introduction took me longer to get through than the novel, it was a full quarter of my edition. The novel was written in 1958, and is a book I've wanted to read for some time.
The introduction was a little pretentious, and explained things that the novel covered very adequately. The introduction was perhaps aimed at someone who knew nothing about either Africa or colonialism.

Igbe is not a particularly likable man, but his stress, confusion, and ego are easy to identify with. The story is tra
Mila Dorji
Achebe effectively melds the traditional style of the African parable with the more modern technique of the political exposé, though the two genres feel a bit Frankensteined-together at times. A powerful and poignant work overall, it bears many similarities to Zinn's A People's History of the United States, particularly with regard to the depictions of the manipulation and corruption of native peoples by greedy and ignorant Westerners. The fluid motion of the narrative is definitely the strong p ...more
Lynn L
Things Fall Apart gave a good background of what the african culture is really like. I enjoyed the book for the most part. Some of the chapters could have been better explained. The characters were complex and it made for a better story because you can interpret more about who the character really is beyond the pages. Achebe had the goal to show how civilized the african culture was but ended up doing the opposite. He highlighted the violence and savagery of the tribe that he was portraying.
Connor Keating
This novel is about an African tribe and the main character, okonkwo, only wants his sons to be "men" and not a failure like his father, Unoka. Most of this story is exciting and somewhat violent, which keeps you intrigued and wanting the find out what happens next. Some parts, however, I felt were a bit slow at times and could've used a little more action. Overall, this is a great book and I recommend it to anyone.
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