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.