Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart: And Related Readings

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  • Boy did they ever fall apart!

    Oct 31, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An insight into Igbo history
    Cons: Shocking and quite upsetting

    Summary: ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, Nigeria and was the son of a teacher in a missionary school. His parents educated him many of the values of their traditional Igbo culture but they were also devout evangelical ... read more

  • Things Fall Apart- A Mesmerizing Story

    Jun 26, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Deep, thought-provoking, intriguing, beautifully written
    Cons: Confusing due to use of African words

    Summary: Things Fall Apart is truly Chinua Achebe's masterpiece. It takes the reader on a journey to a world separate from their own and asks them to look at questions and ideas from various angles and perspectives. This story takes its audiences along the ... read more

  • 50 Years Later, the Gyre Still Widens: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    Jan 28, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A very readable book with very challenging implications
    Cons: A proverbial cast of thousands with names that are hard for most Americans to read

    Summary: It isn't so much anger as defiance that fuels the Nigerian poet/novelist Chinua Achebe's 1958 masterpiece Things Fall Apart. The novel, which, like most of Achebe's work, was written in English, doesn't so much rage against ... read more

  • Misread Masterpiece

    Nov 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A leisurely read that takes you into the world of the Igbo people.
    Cons: Not one.

    Summary: This is a book that takes you far and away from the lives we lived in. It even goes as far to rattle the sensibilities of most modern Africans. Achebe's dazzling account of the lives and livelihoods of the pre-colonial Nigerian ethnic group called the ... read more

  • Things Fall Apart: Achebe's Masterpiece

    Oct 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A magnificent story that promotes a healthy, strong Africa.
    Cons: -

    Summary: The African culture sees control of the land not by this Western definition, but in a different light, one of stewardship and respect toward the earth. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, we see a glimpse into the real African world, a place ... read more

  • HEY KIDS, LETS GO TO AFRICA!!!

    Oct 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: length, achebes writing style
    Cons: none

    Summary: Things Fall Apart PLOT: I feel that the plot of Things Fall Apart is somewhat boring. I enjoy the type of book that has a fair amount of action and suspense. Until the final chapters of this book there is a minimal amount of these genres. The book ... read more

  • European colonization a clever cover up

    Apr 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A look at European culture from a natives viewpoint.
    Cons: Leaves you wanting to know the rest of the story.

    Summary: After reading Things Fall Apart I felt anger at the way Europeans took advantage of and destroyed a culture and way of life. Who are they to say one culture is better than the other? Until the Europeans showed up on the scene the natives never knew any ... read more

  • What is Things Fall Apart really about?

    Nov 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A true classic deserving of deeper insight
    Cons: None

    Summary: Chinua Achebe’s classic novel Things Fall Apart is a great example of two cultures clashing against one another. The Igbo culture is bombarded by Christian and western customs, finally resulting in the breakdown of the Igbo society. Achebe proves to us ... read more

  • Things ramble for a while, and THEN fall apart.

    Sep 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Effectively achieved theme; well-told story.
    Cons: Rambles--some may find themselves distracted by this, depending on reader preference.

    Summary: Don't get me wrong. It's a good book. The first three-fourths of the book are spent describing the life and times of an African man and his family. The stories are told like fables in a voice resembling those that have retold Grimm's Tales ... read more

  • I Wish This Book Would Fall Apart

    May 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The book isn't 1,000 pages long
    Cons: The book has more than 1 page, it's about yams, and it's boring

    Summary: "Things Fall Apart" is a truly awful book about this mean African dude that beats his many wives and his children. He beats them because he doesn't want to be like his father, who was a kind man. If the book was just about him beating his kids ... read more

  • Why do people like this book?

    May 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful language, I must say
    Cons: theme

    Summary: I don't understand people's infatuation with this book. I found that it had too much of a classical tragedy twist in it. The author tries to make the main character, Okonkwo, into a tragic hero. I found that the main character had hardly any ... read more

  • Achebe’s Sight Penetrates the Past

    Apr 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Provides a melancholy insight to Pre-Colonial Africa
    Cons: None. This book is great. I don't like the colors of the cover actually...

    Summary: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a novel detailing the experiences of the Ibo people, a native African people residing in western Africa. The setting opens in a tribal village known to the Ibo as Umuofia. The events in the novel seem to take place ... read more

  • Things Fall Apart: Achebe is a Master

    Mar 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Join a Different culture for a few days.
    Cons: Achebe makes 209 pages go by too fast

    Summary: Chinua Achebe's artful novel, Things Fall Apart (which, incidentally was the inspiration for The Roots' recent hip-hop album of the same name), tells the story of Okonkwo, a troubled ironfisted leader of a tribe of Africans before, and after their ... read more

  • Things Fall Apart: Learn about Precolonial Africa

    Jan 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: wonderfully written and intellectually stimulating
    Cons: some disturbing scenes in the book

    Summary: Things Fall Apart is the beginning book in a tetralogy by Chinua Achebe of Eastern Nigeria. The other members of the tetralogy include Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease and A Man of the People. The series follows a time chronology depicting precolonial ... read more

  • Things Fall Apart

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: an ending that makes it worth the time
    Cons: takes a long time to get to the plot

    Summary: I read this book a little while ago for school. For a long time the reader is trying to figure out what or where the plot is. I think maybe the plot is delayed because a lot of readers have no idea what it is actually like in tribal life. In the last ... read more

  • Beautiful story that will make you think

    Jan 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reads with the voice of the Ibo people
    Cons: Hard to keep up with characters at first if unfamiliar with African names

    Summary: Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart” is a wonderful example of post-colonial literature. The story has a purely African voice, from the setting and its characters to the many Ibo words Achebe uses (there is even a small glossary of Ibo words and ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Read this book to learn to look through a different lens

    Nov 27, 2011 by
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    Pros: I love how this book opens up the readers eyes and "expands their horizons".
    Cons: The story plot is dry and, in some parts, disinteresting. 

    Summary: On the surface, <i>Things Fall Apart</i> by Chinua Achebe seems to be a straight forward story telling of the life of an African clansman during the 1800s. Yet, this book provides the reader with so much more. This book puts the reader in a ... read more

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