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Things Fall Apart - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 01/11/2001
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'The writer in whose company the prison walls fell down' - Nelson Mandela

Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart.

Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance, he can only hurtle towards tragedy.

First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature, and has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

Chinua Achebe (b. 1930) was raised in the large village of Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria, and graduated from University College, Ibadan. The author of more than twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - Achebe received numerous honours from around the world, including honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. He died in 2013.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141186887
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm


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'A great book, that bespeaks a great, brave, kind, human spirit' - John Updike

'His courage and generosity are made manifest in the work' - Toni Morrison

'The first novel in English which spoke from the interior of an African character, rather than portraying the African as exotic, as the white man would see him' - Wole Soyinka

"The Founding Father of the African novel in English" - The Guardian

'The writer in whose company the prison walls fell down' - Nelson Mandela

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“Things Fall Apart”

This significant work tells the tale of the respected and mighty Okonkwo, whose self-made and successful life begins to unravel when he lets his pride and anger better him. Seeing his misfortune enacted through a fog... More

Paperback edition
9th September 2010
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“A different view.”

This novel is a fascinating portrayal of a precolonial African community. It follows the fortunes of Okonkwo and his family as they struggle to deal with exile and the impact of Western culture on their way of life.... More

Paperback edition
21st April 2014
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“Disappointed...”

This starts off to be a good story, but unfortunately the character's names are African names and are very hard to remember, they don't sink in and after a few chapters once you've been introduced to... More

Paperback edition
27th January 2013
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