Things Fall Apart: A Novel

April 21, 2009|
Things Fall Apart: A Novel by Chinua Achebe
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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.
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor...
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Title:Things Fall Apart: A Novel
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.6 in
Published:April 21, 2009
Publisher:Doubleday Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780385667838

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