Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe

  • Release Date: 1992-12-15
  • Genre: Literary
  • Size: 7.49 MB
Score: 4
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Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.


  • Timeless Storytelling

    By Richard Bakare
    It feels somewhat odd reading and reviewing a book that was once required high school reading for my mother and father when they were kids in Nigeria. A book about Nigeria, an almost forgotten past, and how Colonial Rule snuck its way in. I asked my mom to re-read it at the same time so I could ask her perspective on things. I wish I had read this when my dad was alive. Achebe writes with a mastery of language that is mesmerizing and lyrical. A melodic dance of words and phrases that paint the most illustrative pictures and tell a story like a song. The pace quickening to the finale, that in its last verse that leaves you spent. I see now why Achebe and this book have been so celebrated for decades. I knew this was not a story with happy endings, but I am left all the more heart broken by the tragedy of Okonkwo and his village. And the final sentence is like a dagger stuck into one’s pride; even if it is a reaching pride for a distant homeland. Achebe has spun a story that mourns a loss for a traditional way but also highlights the faults. A reflective tale of warning, blind adherence to customs and how outside influences can lead to things falling apart. I look forward to completing the African Trilogy once and for all.

    By Ireke Onuma
    A moving story told simply but powerfully. Achebe at his most brilliant best.
  • Amazing details

    By drouble j drip
    Lots of twists and turns, Rushed ending though, Last word is the n word,so poetic.
  • Solid

    By Cool Man 10163819154
  • Good story bad ending

    By Ablejellyfish
    Good story with good plot but a bad ending
  • Things Fall Apart is Great

    By fingaroll
    A fabulous read from a perspective rarely found in Western literature. The book ends leaving the reader wanting for more. This is a story that many oppressed people will be able to relate to.
  • Things fall apart

    By PopBuns
    Great story told in detail
  • Amazing and meaningful story! Great for students to read!

    By Ushivdmeyer
    Quite an astonishing book with much meaning and many deep thoughts. I read this for school and had to write many paragraphs about it that led me to digging much much deeper into the story and the powerful ideas behind it. I encourage anyone who reads it to really try to identify the story and the character development (especially Okonkwo) and if you are reading it for school or work, reading aloud really helps.
  • A Profound Story

    By Mike Pekar
    What an amazing novel. All should read it and get an understanding of how forcing change on an otherwise peaceful community disrupts and eventually destroys a way of life that for century's flourished. All in the name of God.