Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart (2nd Hand Paperback)
A compelling story of one man's battle to protect his community against the forces of change, the Penguin Classics edition of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart is introduced by Biyi Bandele.
Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance, he can only hurtle towards tragedy.
First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature, and has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages.
This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - Modern Classics
- Published : 1958 (This Ed. Penguin Modern Classics 2001)
- ISBN : 9780141186887
- SKU : B000987
- PPC : LL250gm
- RRP : £
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Things Fall Apart goes beyond being a story or providing insight on what happened as colonialism took root. It makes the reader a member of the village and enlightens the reader with a visceral understanding of what could not be understood at the time (and for many who still seem to forget how Britain became an Empire)." - Google Review.
"A great book, that bespeaks a great, brave, kind, human spirit" - John Updike.
"His courage and generosity are made manifest in the work" - Toni Morrison.
'The first novel in English which spoke from the interior of an African character, rather than portraying the African as exotic, as the white man would see him' - Wole Soyinka.
"The Founding Father of the African novel in English" - The Guardian.
'The writer in whose company the prison walls fell down' - Nelson Mandela.
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart, often considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature.
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