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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart

skierunner, February 12, 2012

This book is a must read. It is the response to books such as Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness that portrays the African tribes as culture-less, ignorant tribes with no sense of language or religion. Achebe does an outstanding job retaining the Ibo (an Nigerian culture) rhythm and style of language and illustrating the complexities of Ibo culture.

The story itself follows a famed warrior, Okonkwo, through his life and the life of his tribe. The first half of the story is pre-contact with European peoples, and the second half is the interaction and response to that contact. I wouldn't exactly say that this book is a 'happy' one, but it is one that will get you thinking, and will help propagate understanding.
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