Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Number of Pages: 179
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
Date Of Original Publication: 1958
ISBN #:0-03-055438-1

Hey everyone. I understand that it’s been a while since my last post but I have a busy life and I’m really trying to get through all the books that I’m currently reading. Hope you all have had a good February! I just finished this African Literature book for my World Literature class titled “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe who is from Africa and is now the African studies professor at Brown University. As much as the African tribal facts were entertaining, the book itself was just dry.

The main character lives in a town known as Umuofia, his name is Okonkwo, and he has three wives. He’s known as a warrior and a leader to the people yet towards the middle of the novel things start to go very wrong for him…hence the title Things Fall Apart.

This novel just bothered me in so many ways. In Okonkwo’s world more then one wife is acceptable…that’s against my beliefs. Another thing that’s okay in his world is to beat his wives…another thing that’s against my beliefs. He disowns his son for changing religions…not okay with me. And his arrogance is just annoying to the reader at times.

I thought the book was very informational when it came to Umuofia’s tradition’s and practices, yet very dry when it came to the actual storyline. The concept was a bit repetitive and the storyline seemed to just go nowhere in development, it just ended with the typical well-to-do deal. I’m not a fan of this novel and I would not recommend it. For a book that’s only 179 pages long and not very well developed I have to think that the author shouldn’t be as good as he’s become.

Yet I remind you, this is my opinion on the book. You are perfectly free to read it and give your opinion on it, in the mean time I’m only giving this book a 2.

2 out of 5 for a moving yet undeveloped storyline.

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Columnist:   Okey Ndibe

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Modern Nigeria’s crisis, I suggest, is primarily a crisis of values. In Umuofia, Okonkwo may give vent to unruly deportment, but his community is also equipped with the coercive instrument for regulating his conduct or punishing his excesses. Okonkwo’s Umuofia is by no means a perfect or ideal community.