About the book
Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958. Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
Review by King’s Somborne Reading Group:
A Morality Tale. The seeds of a man’s destruction are in his character. A Tragedy in the “Greek” sense. However a number of us felt it lacked pace and cohesion at the beginning but the arrival of the missionaries and the impact of colonisation gave it a focus.
3 stars out of 5