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Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) 1959 Love it or hate it, Achebe s tale of a flawed tribal patriarch is a powerful and important contribution to twentieth century literature.Think back to 1959 Liberation from colonial masters had not yet swept the African continent when this book appeared, but the pressures were building The US civil rights movement had not yet erupted, but the forces were in motion Communism and capitalism were fighting a pitched battle for control of hearts and minds, for bodies and land, around the world 1959 Love it or hate it, Achebe s tale of a flawed tribal patriarch is a powerful and important contribution to twentieth century literature.Think back to 1959 Liberation from colonia My son and I had a long talk about this novel the other day, after he finished reading it for an English class Over the course of the study unit, we had been talking about Chinua Achebe s fabulous juxtaposition of different layers of society, both within Okonkwo s tribe, and within the colonialist community We had been reflecting on aspects of the tribe that we found hard to understand, being foreign and against certain human rights we take for granted, most notably parts of the strict hierarc My son and I had a long talk about this novel the other day, after he finished reading it for an English class Over the course of the study unit, we had been talking about Chinua Achebe s fabulous juxtaposition of different layers of society, both within Okonkwo s tribe, and within the colonialist community We had been reflecting on aspects of the tribe that we found hard to understand, being foreign and against certain human rights we take for granted THINGS FALL APART Tells Two Overlapping, Intertwining Stories, Both Of Which Center Around Okonkwo, A Strong Man Of An Ibo Village In Nigeria The First Of These Stories Traces Okonkwo S Fall From Grace With The Tribal World In Which He Lives, And In Its Classical Purity Of Line And Economical Beauty It Provides Us With A Powerful Fable About The Immemorial Conflict Between The Individual And Society The Second Story, Which Is As Modern As The First Is Ancient, And Which Elevates The Book To A Tragic Plane, Concerns The Clash Of Cultures And The Destruction Of Okonkwo S World Through The Arrival Of Aggressive, Proselytizing European Missionaries These Twin Dramas Are Perfectly Harmonized, And They Are Modulated By An Awareness Capable Of Encompassing At Once The Life Of Nature, Human History, And The Mysterious Compulsions Of The Soul THINGS FALL APART Is The Most Illuminating And Permanent Monument We Have To The Modern African Experience As Seen From Within. Achebe s protagonist isn t a very nice man In reality he is an asshole I don t like him I don t think anyone really does He is ruthless and unsympathetic to his fellow man He grew up in a warrior s culture the only way to be successful was to be completely uncompromising and remorseless His father was weak and worthless, according to him, so he approached life with an unshakable will to conquer it with his overbearing masculinityWhen Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was h Achebe s protagonist isn t a very nice man In reality he is an asshole I don t like him I don t think anyone really does He is ruthless and unsympathetic to his fellow man He grew up in a warrior s culture the only way to be successful was to be completely uncompromising and remorseless His father was weak and worthless, according to him, so he approached life with an unshakable will to conquer it with his overbearing masculinityWhen Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was heavy in debt Any wonder then that his son Okonkwo was ashamed of him Fortunately, among these people a man as judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his farther I love the sarcasm in this quote Achebe is clearly suggesting that this is not true for the white man For all their supposed superiority, they cannot get this simple thing right The African tribe here has a better system of promotion based on merit The warrior Okonk 1958 The act of writing is strangely powerful, almost magical to take ideas and put them into a lasting, physical form that can persist outside of the mind For a culture without a written tradition, a libraries are not great structures of stone full of objects instead, stories are curated within flesh, locked up in a cage of bone To know the story, you must go to the storyteller In order for that story to persist through time, it must be retold and rememorized by successive generations.A book, s The act of writing is strangely powerful, almost magical to take ideas and put them into a lasting, physical form that can persist outside of the mind For a culture without a written tradition, a libraries are not great structures of stone full of objects instead, stories are curated within flesh, locked up in a cage of bone To know the story, you must go to the storyteller In order for that story to persist through time, it must be retold and rememorized by successive generations.A book, scroll, or tablet, on the other hand, can be rediscovered thousands of years later, after all those who were familiar with the story are long dead and miraculously, the stories within it can be delivered to modern man in the very same words the ancients used If, in Qumran cave, we had found the dry bones of the scribe who copied In this classic tale Okonkwo is a strong man in his village, and in his region of nine villages At age 18 he beat the reigning wrestling champion and has been an industrious worker all his life, a reaction to his lazy, drunkard father He lives his life within the cultural confines of his limited world, following the laws that govern his society, accepting the religious faith of his surroundings, acting on both, even when those actions would seem, to us in the modern west, an abomination While In this classic tale Okonkwo is a strong man in his village, and in his region of nine villages At age 18 he beat the reigning wrestling champion and has been an industrious worker all his life, a reaction to his lazy, drunkard father He lives his life within the cultural confines of his limited world, following the laws that govern his society, accepting the religious faith of his surroundings, acting on both, even when those actions would seem, to us in the modern west, an abomination While he may succeed and fail within the confines of his society s laws, what he cannot do is adapt himself to the world when it goes through a dramatic transformation In this case, his home town is revolutionized when white missionaries set up a base and bring along wit Y know when you read a novel that is just so stark and bare and depraved that you know it s going to stay with you for a very long time Yep, it s happened guys It s happened This novel ruined me Ugh it s so great and so horrible It s what Yeats would describe as a terrible beauty Read it, le The drums were still beating, persistent and unchanging Their sound was no longer a separate thing from the living village It was like the pulsation of its heart It throbbed in the air, in the sunshine, and even in the trees, and filled the village with excitement Chinua Achebe, Things Fall ApartThis is a book of many contrasts colonialism and traditional culture, animism and Christianity, the masculine and the feminine, and the ignorant and the aware although who is who depends on who The drums were still beating, persistent and unchanging Their sound was no longer a separate thing from the living village It was like the pulsation of its heart It throbbed in the air, in the sunshine, and even in the trees, and filled the village with excitement Chinua Achebe, Things Fall ApartThis is a book of many contrasts colonialism and traditional culture, animism and Christianity, the masculine and the feminine, and the ignorant and the aware although who is who depends on who s speaking.Okonkwo is one of the most intriguing charac I read this many years ago as a teenager, before it was as well known as it is today, and then I read it again in college Readers often expect imperialism to be dealt with in black and white Either the author desires to see native ways preserved and consequently views any imperial attempts as immoral and threatening, or he s a Kipling style white man s burden devotee who believes non European cultures ought to be improved by supervision from their European superiors Yet Things Fall Apart I read this many years ago as a teenager, before it was as well known as it is today, and then I read it again in college Readers often expect imperialism to be dealt with in black and white Either the author desires to see native ways preserved and consequently views any imperial attempts as immoral and threatening, or he s a Kipling style white man s burden devotee who believes non European cultures ought to be improved by supervision from their European superiors Yet Things Fall Apart is a novel that complicates both of those simplistic views In it, a desire to preserve the native way of life coexists with an urge to admit improvements to it A tension inevitably arises from the juxtaposition of th

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