Things Fall Apart
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Join us for the discussion on March 5, 2015. Achebe tells two intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria; one focusing on tradition, and the other on modernity. The arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries cau... Read More »
British colonial administrators degrade Igbo village society. Okonkwo refuses to bend. He must fulfill his traditional obligations as a man and a father.
"Traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue."
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"He [Okonkwo] had a slight stammer and whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists."
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