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- Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (January 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402573723
- ISBN-13: 978-1402573729
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,658 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the most widely read novels from Nigeria's most famous novelist. Things Fall Apart is a gripping study of the problem of European colonialism in Africa. The story relates the cultural collision that occurs when Christian English missionaries arrive among the Ibos of Nigeria, bringing along their European ways of life and religion. In the novel, the Nigerian Okonkwo recognizes the cultural imperialism of the white men and tries to show his own people how their own society will fall apart if they exchange their own cultural core for that of the English. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Peter Frances James offers a superb narration of Nigerian novelist Achebe's deceptively simple 1959 masterpiece. In direct, almost fable-like prose, it depicts the rise and fall of Okonkwo, a Nigerian whose sense of manliness is more akin to that of his warrior ancestors than to that of his fellow clansmen who have converted to Christianity and are appeasing the British administrators who infiltrate their village. The tough, proud, hardworking Okonkwo is at once a quintessential old-order Nigerian and a universal character in whom sons of all races have identified the figure of their father. Achebe creates a many-sided picture of village life and a sympathetic hero. A good recording of this novel has been long overdue, and the unhurried grace and quiet dignity of James's narration make it essential for every collection.?Peter Josyph, New York
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The characters aren't particularly likable, but I don't believe the author intended to write a book with admirable or lovable characters. Truly, some parts of the book were excruciatingly dull, but the importance of "Things Fall Apart" is the history behind it, even though the book is a work of fiction. If the book is required reading for a literature course, I highly recommend purchasing a study guide to accompany the text. This is a book that needs a roadmap if you're going to spend a serious amount of time analyzing it for a research or term paper.
Additionally, this book is well written with powerful quotes such as: “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Africa or who is just looking for something different to read.
I suppose that's not much of a review, though. Well thought-out. Well written. Well executed. I'm eager to read part two.
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but it also ends up being anti-African patriarchal.Read more