Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart is a novel that was written by Chinua Achebe. It came out in 1958. The story talks about life in Nigeria before colonialism and the Europeans came to Africa in the 19th century. The main character in the book is a man named Okonkwo. He is an Igbo man that lives in a fictional clan in Nigeria called Umuofia. There are three main parts of the story. The first part talks about Okonkwo's personal life and the Igbo culture and traditions. The second and third parts talk about the British colonialists and Christian missionaries.

Things Fall Apart is a very important book. Many people see it as an archetype (something that other works have been based on) for other African novels.[1] The book has been sold over 20 million times.[2] Time magazine said it was one of the best 100 English-language books from 1923 to 2005.

References[change | change source]

  1. Sickels, Amy. "The Critical Reception of Things Fall Apart", in Booker (2011).
  2. "Things Fall Apart". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 21 June 2019.