Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

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Achebe, Chinua

Word Count

52,250 words

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209 pages

Edition Publisher

Penguin Books

Edition Publish Date

January 1, 1994


ISBN-10: 0385474547

ISBN-13: 9780385474542

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<p><i>Things Fall Apart</i> tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.</p> <p>A classic of modern African writing, this is the tale of what happens to tribal customs and old ways when white man comes. </p>