Goodreads Summary: THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.
The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.
Genre: Young Adult
Year of Publication: 1958
How I Came Across It: So, in my never ending quest to find good literature, I realized that I had never read a book about Africa… From the POV of an African. Google brought me straight to the book around half a year ago, during the busiest time of my life, and I held off checking out the book until I had more free time to actually read it.
A week ago, I got my hands on it. And read the entire book in a day.
Impression of FTP: Admittedly, okay. It’s not like I disliked the first ten pages, but I felt like I was waiting for the relevancy, you know? But, once I got to the important part of the story, I appreciated the FTP.
The Good: Very unique story, the first that I had read from this POV and about the topic of colonialism. I’m not a big historical fiction reader, but this one might change my mind.
The Bad: The first half of the book seems to just sort of drag along. At least, it seems that way. Upon reaching the climax of the novel, I realized that everything that was in the first one hundred pages was crucial to the story. With that said, my words of advice to those who are tempted to put the book down, please don’t. The story does tie everything together, I promise.
The Ugly: Mostly just a rehash of “The Bad”: the story did seem a little slow at times.
How’s the Ending?: Woah, the ending was so intense. That’s all I can say without spoiling anything.
Overall Grade: B+. Great novel, great story, I just wish I wasn’t tempted to put it down at one point. With that said, I will definitely be picking up the rest of the books in the trilogy.