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eBook ✓ ePub Things Fall Apart ç ↠ Chinua Achebe ↠ ❰BOOKS❯ ✭ Things Fall Apart Author Chinua Achebe – Dcmdirect.co.uk More than two million copies of Things Fall Apart have been sold in the United States since it was first published here in 1959 Worldwide there are eight millR and anger Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony Uniuely and richly African at the same time it reveals Achebe's keen awareness of the human ualities common to men of all times and place How to attempt a balanced review of Things Fall Apart 1 The book is serious Themes and issues dealt in the book are far serious than many other books written by the contemporary authors of Achebe 2 The colonial abstract takes an altogether different turn as Achebe explores that colonisers not only colonised the land and properties but also the minds and hearts of the native people 3 Racism has been dealt very aptly and also religious hypocrisy different churches for the people who have converted 4 The plot might seem relaxed and lazy almost if you ignore the themes and issues However the plot is than enough to keep the 'readers' engaged DO I recommend the book yes of course

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More than two million copies of Things Fall Apart have been sold in the United States since it was first published here in 1959 Worldwide there are eight million copies in print in fifty different languages This is Chin “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 speakingOkonkwo is one of the most intriguing characters in African fiction He epitomizes so much I dislike; he’s abusive misogynist has very little patience or tolerance for the weak and is perhaps he’s even over ambitious Despite all his faults it’s impossible not to pity him a little because after all the life he knows the life of his ancestors is being taken from him uite cruelly by the British settlersThis book really takes the reader into the Igbo culture Achebe shows the traditional culture very well a culture which is rife with superstition but rich in context I loved the inclusion of the African proverbs and folk tales and the details of the Igbo clan system Achebe also shows how tightknit precolonial African culture was and how despite not having the so called civilized institutions things went pretty smoothly because of the community spirit and also the societal rules The importance of ancestors in society is a part of this “The land of the living was not far removed from the domain of the ancestors There was coming and going between them” Achebe managed to inject some humour into such bleak subject matter although I think this feat is uite common among African writers ”You grew your ears for decoration not for hearing” What I found difficult to come to terms with as an African Christian myself is the horrific way Christianity was introduced to the African continent However despite the lack of respect the colonialists showed to the people it’s hard to deny that there were some aspects of African tradition that were outdated and people had the option of leaving such tradition behind especially if it was harmful For example in this book the outcasts and the parents of twin babies who had to kill their babies to prevent evil from entering the village obviously found it easier to abandon traditionI think this book was the first one that made me realize the terrible impact of colonialism I’ve always been curious about how Chinese women with bound feet must have felt after that fashion was seen as barbaric and unfashionable and in the same vein I’ve also wondered about how those in African cultures who had lots of power and were accorded lots of respect might have felt when new values undermined everything they had worked towardsThis book reminds me a lot of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s “The River Between” which focuses on similar subject matter albeit on the other side of the continent Kenya I would highly recommend both of them

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Things Fall ApartUa Achebe's masterpiece and it is often compared to the great Greek tragedies and currently sells than one hundred thousand copies a year in the United StatesA simple story of a strong man whose life is dominated by fea 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 may succeed and fail within the confines of his society’s laws what he is unable to do is adapt himself to the world when it goes through a dramatic transformation In this case his home town is revolutionized when white missionaries set up a base and bring along with them the firepower of western weapons Unable to cope unable to channel his justifiable rage into constructive actions he is led inexorably to his doom Chinua Achebe from the Salon article noted belowWhat is this book about? It is a simple tale The details of Okonkwo’s experiences accumulate to give us a picture of his times his culture so we have a sense of what is at stake when change arrives Is this a warning to us of our own inability to see beyond the confines of our culture? How will we cope with change when it comes in whatever form?I found it difficult keeping track of the characters This is a case in which a diagram of a family tree would probably come in handy Yet ultimately this is not so important What matters is that we get a sense of Okonkowo‘s world And the impact of the West arriving in an African society This book is considered a classic and for good reasonEXTRA STUFFThere is a wonderful video of John Green talking about the book Must see In fact you could do worse than skipping the above review entirely and checking out Green's vid And there is a second episode of his vid on the book as well Have at itIn 2013 Salon republished a wonderful 2010 essay Chinua Achebe The man who rediscovered Africa on news of his passing