Year of Publication: 1958
Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a sequel to his other two novels, No longer at Ease and Arrow of God which almost carries a single subject. Unlike the other two, already mentioned above, I actually studied Things Fall Apart as part of a course known as Masterpieces of African Literature while at school and as the name of the course suggests, Things Fall Apart is indeed a masterpiece and a classic.
Achebe begins the novel by telling about the prowess of the protagonist, Okonkwo. Okonkwo was well known throughout nine villages and even beyond and his fame had grown like a bush-fire in the harmattan. The story advances as Achebe draws a sharp difference between Okonkwo’s father Unoka and Okonkwo. The difference lay in the fact that Unoka had no titles in the village and he was lazy and improvident and a debtor. It…
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