Things Fall Apart- Classics in Context, Paperback Book

Things Fall Apart- Classics in Context Paperback

Illustrated by Ughe Okeche, Priscilla Hinckley

Part of the Heinemann African Writers Series series

4 out of 5 (7 ratings)


Winner of International Man Booker Prize 2007.




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A great place to start if you are new to African or post-colonial fiction.

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hits home about family structure, economics, and what part each of us plays in that.

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Well crafted book that can be read in two ways. It could first be seen as the story of a society and its travails with a hostile invading colonising force. Alternatively and more universally, of a man who covers his insecurity with a bluff manly exterior that becomes a rigid façade. When faced with major change in his society and life his exterior persona crumbles and he is no longer able to cope to the extent that he commits suicide.First class book.

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Parable of utopian Nigerian village and it's fall from grace after occupation by Colonialists.

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I read this in a sort of trilogy, part 1 being Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', and part 2 being Cary's excellent 'Mr Johnson'. Another short book, it was an excellent response to the former, picking up on Conrad's Marlow being lost in the space he was inhabiting, and putting Okonkwo in that place, and taking on Mr Johnson's actual dangerous streak within a nice guy and turning it on its head. As a read this book isn't sticking with me as much as Mr Johnson, but much of that is probably down to my inability to remember unfamiliar Nigerian names, but the customs are brilliantly illustrated, and the disagreement between clans about beliefs. The stark difference between genuinely well-meaning Christian missionary and violent blinkered one is excellently handled and completely hurtles the book to its end and its title.

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