Things Fall Apart (Norton Critical Editions)

Things Fall Apart (Norton Critical Editions)

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by Chinua Achebe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393932192

ISBN-13: 9780393932195

Pub. Date: 11/19/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Chinua Achebe’s tragic novel of pre-colonial Igbo society was a major literary and cultural event when it was published in 1958.
Written during a period of nationalist assertion and an emerging modern culture in Africa, Things Fall Apart’s influence quickly spread from Nigeria throughout Africa and beyond. In its fifty years, this unforgettable novel

Overview

Chinua Achebe’s tragic novel of pre-colonial Igbo society was a major literary and cultural event when it was published in 1958.
Written during a period of nationalist assertion and an emerging modern culture in Africa, Things Fall Apart’s influence quickly spread from Nigeria throughout Africa and beyond. In its fifty years, this unforgettable novel has been translated into fifty languages and has been read by millions.
A Chronology of Achebe’s life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393932195
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/19/2008
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
598
Sales rank:
198,072
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Things Fall Apart 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Jlyn1 More than 1 year ago
Great book...read in high school many yrs ago. Picked this up by accident in a museum in DC on a high school field trip!!!
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cat1020 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most inspirational and intellectual books I have ever read. Taking it as just another any-day-read is not the approach one should have for this novel; it is a novel that needs to be read page by page and analyzed quite the same way. This book deeply describes the ideas of colonialism in African tribes and how debilitating the modern world is to a world so set in tradition and fine-line morals. Achebe writes this novel in English instead of his native language to reach a much larger audience than that of just Nigeria. This was the first African novel to be written in English, and receive such high praise around the world as a piece of world literature. What readers must take into account is that there is a language barrier that must be overstepped in reading this, which makes this read a bit more of a struggle. Also, this book dives deep into the strong belief systems of a polytheistic religion mixed with the traditions of the Igbo tribe of Umuofia in Nigeria, as well as the beliefs of a more modern civilization spreading Christianity. One of the greatest conflicts of the novel is the increasing religious tensions between the two ethnic groups and how each group is affected. For a reader to truly take all there is out of this book, he must identify and take into account all of the symbolism, history, irony, and thematic issues surrounding the conflicts of the novel. Once past those bumps, there is much to take away from Okonkwo's journey into the new wilderness. I read this book for my high school 'advanced world literature' class years ago and found it to be one of the best books I had read throughout all of high school. It has true artistic and intellectual value to it. I would recommend it to everybody, but with a side-note attached: keep an open mind and read it next to google- your life may just be changed.
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