Saturday, December 29, 2012

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

A tragedy. Okonkwo is a hard-working elder in an African village, who has worked to redeem his father's poor reputation. Okonkwo is asked to guard a boy prisoner, Ikemefuna, who has been captured for killing a woman of their village. As white missionaries expand to Okonkwo's village...things begin to fall apart personally, and radical changes begin to unfold in the village. As the title foreshadows, the book doesn't end well, but still a very interesting view from another culture and perspective. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Adichie; Say You're One of Them - Uwem Akpan; Lyrics Alley - Aboulela, Leila.] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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