Sunday, 23 November 2008

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Written in 1958, this wonderful book tells the story of a man called Okonkwo, who lived in what is now known as Nigeria. It certainly is a fascinating account of how the Igbo people lived, but it's not so much about the man or his family, as about the way the first missionaries and other colonials imposed their views on Africa, written entirely from an African point of view. Their whole way of life was completely altered by the insistence of the British that the self-governing towns and villages should be amalgamated into their idea of a country.  At the same time it didn’t try to idealise life in Africa at that time: the brutality resulting from some of their beliefs isn’t hidden.

It’s a short book at 176 pages and I found it easy to read.


laneerg said...

I read this book in my college World Geography course. It is a truly amazing book - once I started reading it, I wasn't able to put it down. (Even though I had a Chemistry test the next day!)

Sheila@PaperbackPlaces said...

It is amazing, isn't it? I thought it was going to be "difficult, but no. Like you, I couldn't put it down.