Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe

  • Release Date: 1992-12-15
  • Genre: Literary
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 79 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.

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Latest Impressions

  • Good story bad ending

    By Ablejellyfish
    Good story with good plot but a bad ending
  • Things Fall Apart is Great

    By fingaroll
    A fabulous read from a perspective rarely found in Western literature. The book ends leaving the reader wanting for more. This is a story that many oppressed people will be able to relate to.
  • Things fall apart

    By PopBuns
    Great story told in detail
  • Amazing and meaningful story! Great for students to read!

    By Ushivdmeyer
    Quite an astonishing book with much meaning and many deep thoughts. I read this for school and had to write many paragraphs about it that led me to digging much much deeper into the story and the powerful ideas behind it. I encourage anyone who reads it to really try to identify the story and the character development (especially Okonkwo) and if you are reading it for school or work, reading aloud really helps.
  • A Profound Story

    By Mike Pekar
    What an amazing novel. All should read it and get an understanding of how forcing change on an otherwise peaceful community disrupts and eventually destroys a way of life that for century's flourished. All in the name of God.