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April - World Book #4 - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

My apologies for the confusion on April's book. Our previous selection, Nadine Gordimer's July's People, has proven very difficult to find and is not available in e-book, so I have decided to change the book to another modern-era book from Africa, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. There should be many copies available at local libraries, it is available in e-book form, and it is a short read, so hopefully people will be able to find it before April. Thank you for your understanding!


THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

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  • Deepa

    Was wonderful to meet the new members, and engage in a very thoughtful discussion about assimilation, colonialism, and modernitt. Thanks to all who came!

    April 10, 2013

  • Larry M.

    The book was very good.

    April 8, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Too bad to miss. I'm going out of town!

    April 1, 2013

  • Holli

    Just hit the news...."Chinua Achebe, African Literary Titan, Dies at 82"

    March 22, 2013

  • Jane

    I was finally able to get a copy of July's People and looking forward to reading it based on the reviews. I have a hold on Things Fall Apart and the other 2 books in the trilogy. Lots to read next month!

    February 24, 2013

  • Deepa

    Thanks Rosemary! I've also read Things Fall Apart before, and loved it, so I'm looking forward to revisting it.

    One thing I'm finding very difficult with this year of "world books" is that, unfortunately, a number of these wonderful world books I want to read with the group aren't available on e-book! I spent an hour today looking up choices, and only came up with a handful that are short enough, available at both libraries and e-book, and which I think may lead to lively discussions. I'll keep looking though, and I think both this book and May's book will be eye opening reads.

    February 24, 2013

  • Rosemary

    I read July's People a long time ago, and it is great, but the Achebe book is very unique and probably a better choice anyway! I loved it.

    1 · February 24, 2013

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