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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

This powerful novel follows the life of Okonowo, a great warrior in West Africa, who refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if it means using his fists. When outsiders threaten his clan's traditions, Okonowo takes violent action. But will his pride lead to his downfall? A thought-provoking tale of strength, tradition, and the consequences of one's actions.
Publish Date
First Published in 1958
Goodreads rating
A visit to another world, where people lived lives very different from ours, with very different values, but were happy. Their world didn't fall apart. It was crushed, thoughtlessly and thoroughly, by people who were so convinced of their own superiority that they didn't even notice what was being lost.      source
The first book I read by an African author. Achebe is unflinching in his portrayal of the challenges of change, the relationships of colonialism, and power/powerlessness.      source
A few weeks ago, @vulture asked me to describe 10 books that have impacted me along the way. List just out: Chinua Achebe, Dorothy Day, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Ralph Ellison, Bernard Malamud, Doris Kearns Goodwin, & more:      source
@cblatts @poverty_action - Factfulness by @HansRosling - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton - Madam President by @helenecooper - Born a Crime by @Trevornoah All of these have excellent audio books, too.      source