Book Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
|Book Name:||Things Fall Apart|
|Notable Points:||Made into radio program,
This fictional book seems to emerge from the reality of the living conditions and interactions of Nigerian tribal communities in the pre-colonial era and the subtle changes the missionaries did without being extra-aggressive. Chinua Achebe has also explained in great detail on why a character behaves thus with others. All emotions – love, heartbreak, frustration, anger, sacrifice, retirement and the human psychiatry have been given their own spaces and scope to intermingle with each other.
A tough book to read from the start, where one may get confused with the names of the characters sounding very similar to each other. Probably, this is how outsiders may feel about Indian names as well. So that’s normal. But once you remember the character a name is referring to, you get deeply involved with the same. All that ends in a story is not supposed to be well and happy; the ending though was perfect in this case with the tint of tragedy.
It’s been years since Things Fall Apart was published but it’s still one of the favorite books of literature with many schools/ colleges recommending the same (not in India).
Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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.
About the author:
Achebe’s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of values during and after the colonial era. His style relied heavily on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory. He also published a number of short stories, children’s books, and essay collections.