As much as Anxiety has stolen my appreciation for most social media platforms… I somehow seem to have
found my balance with Instagram …and it was on Instagram I stumbled accross Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart.
The book is split into two parts. I really enjoyed Part One – I’ve never read anything quite like it, the few African literature I have read have been set in post colonial era so I found reading about Okonkwo’s daily life and tribe’s culture before European involvement very refreshing and insightful.
The tone changes within part 2. You do feel Okonkwo’s loss of power and things falling apart in every sense for Okonkwo and his community.
I’m aware some readers have felt Okonkwo is a very obnoxious character and couldn’t bear hearing his journey or appreciate the novel because of that. But I think most people can put that aside and maintain a neutral opinion of him throughout as I think the author may have intended.
Things Fall Apart hasn’t left me in a rush to read the rest of the trilogy any time soon, but if you haven’t read it I would recommend it to those of you interested in post colonial or African literature, even if you read it as a stand alone book.
My Rating : 3.75 Stars …to be precise