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Things fall apart-Book Review

Book : Things Fall Apart

Author - Chinua Achebe

Genre: Fiction

My rating : 4/5

Plot summary:

The novel follows the life of Okonkwo, an Igbo (“Ibo” in the novel) man and local wrestling champion in the fictional Nigerian clan of Umuofia. The work is split into three parts, with the first describing his family, personal history, and the customs and society of the Igbo, and the second and third sections introducing the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on Okonkwo, his family and wider Igbo community.

Thoughts:

I loved the folk tales and clever use of local proverbs throughout the novel.

I liked the fact that many customs are explained in detail so that someone who has no idea about the local culture can get a glimpse of it.

But it took a long time for me to relate the story to the title.

Almost the last chapter to understand what fell apart.

Anything new always gets opposition and followers, and the author has cleverly used the same.The young always tend to try something new that comes their way and the elders who are set in their ways almost always oppose.Arrival of British with their lo was and government was also received with the same mixed response.And I think that happened not just in remote villages of Africa but In many other parts of the world as well.

The names were different, unique and hard to pronounce for an outsider like me, but the novel in itself was a great read !

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