Things Fall ApartBook - 1992
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Join the discussion on August 9, 2017. 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 from his own character as well as from external forces.
multcolib_BooksAndLit Dec 23, 2014
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 causes a clash of cultures and the dest... Read More »
multcolib_gregoryheights Oct 17, 2013
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."
multcolib_books2u Nov 21, 2012
The modern classic of African literature, Things Fall Apart examines colonialism in modern Nigeria.
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“Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”
“Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.”
“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.”
"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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Okonkwo is a celebrated wrestling champion and a well-off member of Umuofia society. As the novel explores his background as well as his struggle against the spread of Christianity, the reader is transported to pre-colonial Africa.
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