- Audio CD
- Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (January 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402573723
- ISBN-13: 978-1402573729
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,557 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Things Fall Apart Unabridged Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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 the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
This book was thoroughly enjoyable, and I recommend it unreservedly.
Things Fall Apart was the first look the European-American centric world had into African culture from the perspective of someone actually within that culture. What is even more fantastic than that is that this novel about Africa and imperialism’s negative effect was published in 1959 and was even in that time very successful. Chinua Achebe attempts to explain that in an interview with Katie Bacon, “People from different parts of the world can respond to the same story, if it says something to them about their own history and their own experience.” Achebe goes on to explain the idea of cross-cultural literature more ineptly.
So, is Okonkwo really so tragic of a hero? I have come to understand that in the context of a European dominated literature field Okonkwo would indeed be classified as a tragic hero. However, in this light of literature dominated by shared experience, I feel that Okonkwo succeeded where no other hero could have. He alone was able to spread the possibility of literary success to writers of nations not previously considered advanced enough to produce such works. No matter how tragic Okonkwo's own story, he was able to open up the entire world to reading it simply because he possessed that great characteristic of a hero, the ability to make others empathize with his situation.