Next Up: Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart is one of those novels that I’ve always heard about and always thought to myself, I’ll read that one day, but I’ve never got around to doing it.
So I’m looking forward to seeing what I think about this book.
The novel is about a leader (and wrestling champion) in a small village in Nigeria in the late 19th century. The story focuses on the culture and customs of his clan, and how they are affected when a group of white, European missionaries arrive. It’s considered one of the premier African novels written in the English language.
A few facts about Things Fall Apart and its author, Chinua Achebe:
- Published in 1958, Things Fall Apart is a staple book in African schools and very popular in English-speaking countries all over the world.
- The novel’s title comes from a William Butler Yeats poem: “The Second Coming.”
- Things Fall Apart has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages.
- Chinua Achebe, 81, is currently the Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.
- Achebe won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 and his memoirs will be published later this year.
What Did Time Say? “A novel of great power that turns the world upside down.”
Critic Ernest N. Emenyonu said Things Fall Apart “is indeed a classic study of cross-cultural misunderstanding and the consequences to the rest of humanity, when a belligerent culture or civilization, out of sheer arrogance and ethnocentrism, takes it upon itself to invade another culture, another civilization.”
I expect that many of you have read Things Fall Apart, though I haven’t. I’m looking forward to reading about the Nigerian culture during this time period.
How is it?