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Things Fall apart

Things Fall apart

Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results fr... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780385474542
Published 1 November 1998 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Format Paperback, Anchor Books ed
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Author(s) By Achebe, Chinua
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ISBN-13 9780385474542
ISBN-10 0385474547
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Imprint Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication Date 1 November 1998
International Publication Date 1 September 1994
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, Anchor Books ed
Edition Anchor Books ed
Author(s) By Achebe, Chinua
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 209
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 204g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Race relations, Nigeria, Igbo (African people), Men - Nigeria
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 950249

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent. <br>--Nadine Gordimer, The New York Times Book Review <br> Things Fall Apart may well be Africa's best loved novel. . . . For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction. --Kwame Anthony Appiah <br> Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent. <br>--Nadine Gordimer, The New York Times Book Review <br> A vivid imagination illuminates every page. . . . This novel genuinely succeeds in penetrating tribal life from the inside. <br>-- Times Literary Supplement

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Author's Bio

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of a single Nigerian community over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Girls at War and Other Stories, Home and Exile, Hopes and Impediments, Collected Poems, The Education of a British-Protected Child, Chike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for more than fifteen years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Achebe was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

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