Nigerian / African literature

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


I read this book because it was on the list of The Greatest Books of All Time.

The main character of the story is called Okonkwo, and he sees any sign of weakness in the tribe as a bad thing. He is trying to dispel the memory of his weak father. We also see the emergence of the white people (I am not being racist) and how the Nigerian people are turned towards Christianity. Things take a turn for the worst, and we see how change can be for the good but also for the bad.

Chinua Achebe was a prolific Nigerian author and his short story, Dead Men’s Path, is studied for GCSE English Opening Worlds and when I picked up the book I knew I’d heard the name somewhere. He had the amazing ability to show the marked differences between the traditions of the tribe and the slow progression to a society dominated by the white people.

I say ‘had’ because he unfortunately died earlier this year.

MY RATING: 3.5 / 5


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