Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

– Have a book review! I agree that the book is too short and the craft is lacking. The reason I think it is important and enduring is because, look at how few white people appear on the page in this book, and look what they do to this entire culture. That is what makes it art for me.

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

I’ve struggled with this review. I’m torn. There’s the academic side of my brain saying ‘you know why this book is important’ and the fluffy part of my brain saying ‘yeah but the story wasn’t good enough.’

This book is on my reading list for the ‘Post Colonial Literatures’ module which starts next week, so it was a case of ‘read this or look like an idiot in class’.

What did I like?

  • Okwonko’s daughter – She could have held the story on her own. I was far more interested in her character than any other. The potential for a kick ass chick right there.
  • Setting – There’s no getting away from the environment. Achebe puts you right into the thick of it, unapologetic about using local terms and language, and at times it was alienating. But it worked to great effect.
  • Yams – Man alive. I want a yam.

What didn’t…

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