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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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Sep 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: park-ridge-book-club, classics

I first read this book last summer. It had been on my "to read" list for years since it's a (maybe THE) seminal book of African literature. I appreciated Achebe's honest portrayal of the clash between traditional African tribal life and colonialism. The main character, tribal leader Okonkwo, was a violent, unsympathetic character who hurt others in an attempt to maintain his powerful status within his tribal culture. Thus, the book did not create a false dichotomy where everything African was good and pure and Western ways were entirely evil. Nonetheless, my favorite parts of the book lay in the first half, which depicted Okonkwo's rise to power and conflicts within his own culture before his encounter with Western forces. I'm looking forward to rereading this book again in the next few days before my book group discusses it next week.
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Jessica Christina, Excellent review. I read this book in college and found Achebe to be a fascinating writer. Your review helped me remember the specifics of the novel.

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