Book Club: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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Nigeria Considered a masterpiece, Things Fall Apart (1958), Chinua Achebe’s debut novel, “is the most widely read book in modern African literature.” (Wikipedia) . The book shows the inevitable clash between traditional tribal society and colonial rule in Nigeria during the late 19th century. Things Fall Apart is simple, honest, unbiased story-telling, which has the power to give us greater understanding and insight into today’s world of cultural division and hate. Achebe won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and died in 2013. Often called the “Father of African Literature”, Achebe nonetheless made a conscious choice to write in English, which some saw as a betrayal. However, he adapted the language to his purposes, which were hardly pro-West. This makes reading Achebe an adventure for English readers and an inspiration for many young African writers, most notably Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
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