October 1, 1994
October 1, 1994
A classic novel about the confrontation of African tribal life with colonial rule tells the tragic story of a warrior whose manly, fearless exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of his society. Reprint.
Things do indeed fall apart in the mid-20th-century world of West Africa when the British colonize the country, disrupting the ancient ways of life that have provided meaning and structure for the inhabitants of a rural Ibo village. The hero of the story is Okonwo, a revered community leader and the character Achebe frequently uses as a kind of "Everyman"--the brave tribesman who tries to cling to old ways in the face of encroaching western civilization. In this novel, Okonwo represents the rich traditional culture of the tribe, while his son Nwoye is attracted to the changes brought by the Europeans. Achebe's novel is a classic of African literature, suffused with his recognition of the losses that have accompanied the Europeanization of his homeland.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Classics, African, Family + Friendship, General, Historical Fiction, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Peoples + Cultures, Politics, Society + Social Issues, Settings, Types of Characters, Conflicts + Dualities
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Chinua Achebe
- Online Item #: 11555383
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-4449
- ISBN: 9780385474542
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported