Things Fall Apart 50th Anniversary Edition

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Author: Chinua Achebe
Risen: November 16th, 1930
Set: March 21st, 2013
Nationality: Nigerian
Publication Date: 1958
Language: English
Genre: Historical fiction
Book File Type: [PDF]
ISBN:  0-385-47454-7
Movie: No

Intro

Things Fall Apart is written by Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian Author. This African novel and is one of the first to receive global recognition. Things Fall Apart is a required book in most African schools and is widely studied in global English speaking schools. It was also the first book published in Heinemann’s African Writers Series which is a collection of novels by Heinemann. ‘Things Fall Apart’ is the prequel to ‘No Longer at Ease’ followed by ‘Arrow of God’ which completes the trilogy. This novel is seen as one of the truest illustrations of the African experience told from within

Things Fall Apart 50th Anniversary Edition Summary

Things Fall Apart is about the life of the leader, Okonkwo in a created fictitious village of Umuofia. Its citizens are called Igbo. The story is set in the 19th century and is split into two parts. The first and foundational element discusses Okonkwo’s village, family, customs, and traditions in Igbo. Due to a complication, Okonkwo was banished from him lands for 7 years.

Next, during his banishment European missionaries aggressively impose their belief upon the citizen of Umofia.

These two parts mesh together when Okonkwo returns and discovers an ‘invasion’ of the way of life and traditions he was accustomed to.

But the Invaders finally went too far and the villagers retaliate! As a result, the leader of the white government held some of the perpetrators in confinement. He further insults them by wiping and shaving them. These actions then resulted in an uprising and Okonko advocates war!

To avoid an uprising, messengers for the Europeans tried to stop the meeting but Okonkwo, who has had enough, beheads one of them. Expecting his fellow villagers to follow suit he is distraught when they allow the remaining representative to go free. Okonowo realizes that his once proud, courageous people are not going to fight even save themselves.

When Okonkwo is sent for to be reprimanded they find him hung in an obvious suicide attempt which is against the teachings of Igbo.

Quotes

“There is no story that is not true.”
― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

“A child cannot pay for its mother’s milk.”
― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

“Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching.”
― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

“He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

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