Mr. Achebe was born in Ogidi, Nigeria in 1930. He first had a career in radio and has since wrote and taught both in Africa and the United States. Things Fall Apart, considered Achebe?s masterpiece, is about a strong man whose life is dominated by fear and anger. While definitely African, we are able to see human qualities that transcend borders.
This 50th Anniversary Edition is part of Hewitt’s Lightning Literature & Composition curriculum. From our Guide by Brenda S. Cox:
Things Fall Apart is Achebe’s first, and most famous, novel. It shows the unity and diversity of Ibo (or Igbo) culture with its traditions, proverbs, stories, and relationships; and it shows the way “things fell apart” when white missionaries and administrators arrived in that area of Nigeria. Okonkwo, the hero, is a powerful, ambitious, yet insecure man. His dreams of honor and power in his clan are dashed by changes he cannot control.