Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Review; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Considering that I'm participating in several reading challenges this year, I had both Platyspire Diversity Challenge (Black History Month) and Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge (Nigeria) in the back of my mind when I picked up Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. 

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.


My Thoughts On The Book
Personally, I found this an okay read. What I did like about the novel is the small nuances showing that things aren't just black and white. Something else that I did enjoy was the writing style of the author.

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