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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
209 pages



Okonkwo is a Nigerian tribesman, well-known and respected in his community, Umuofia. He has risen above his father Unoka's reputation as a lazy do-nothing. He has three wives and several children. And yet Okonkwo is insecure and easily angered. His anger gets the better of him, and he is exiled from the community for seven years. When he returns, white missionaries have settled in the area, threatening the peace and livelihood of the native people.

The first part of this book is a slow reveal of Nigerian village life. Daily chores, rites of passage. and descriptions of spiritual life are strung together in an almost disjointed fashion. By developing such a vivid picture in the reader's mind, Achebe is then able to quickly show the contrast and impact of the missionaries. This classic work has been on my TBR pile ever since I read Half of a Yellow Sun last year. I had very high expectations, especially since this is one of the "1001 books to read before you die", but it failed to live up to my expectations. In the end, I found it to be "just OK." ( )

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mrstreme
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Sorry that this book wasn't up to par for you. I read this in college and remember enjoying it - but that could be because of its length (compared to the long books I had to read for English classes!).
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thats' too bad you didn't enjoy it last month. I really loved this one when I read it last year.

Alisia
(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
We, over at Bookfest (www.bookfest2006.blogspot.com) just finished reading this book also. I went into it without expectations which was probably better as I can totally see how it would have been disappointing otherwise.

I found it intriguing but forgettable. Definitely not up to all the hype that it apparently receives!

- Carrie, Reading to Know
laura0218
Jan. 21st, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Interesting, you're the first person I've heard say that about such a "legendary" book. It makes me feel better! Thanks for your comment.
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