Reviews of Things Fall Apart (1958)
Review by tollbaby (2004-11-14)
We had to read this for high school (I think it was grade 10, which would make it a ridiculously long time ago), but I loved this book from the first time I picked it up. A richly descriptive story of tribal conflict and the arrival of the white man in traditional non-Christian Africa. Although we, in the modern world, may deride Okonkwo for denouncing progress and advancement, he is a very sympathetic character whose ideals and traditions one must respect deeply. This is a beautiful tragedy of coming of age, in a sense, for the African tribesman, and should be mandatory reading. It's a fantastic book, and you won't regret picking it up.