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Things Fall Apart Access Edition

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EMC Access Editions: Things Fall Apart Access Edition
ISBN: 978-0-82192-412-9

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Author(s): Chinua Achebe

Recommmended: High School; Moderate

At the end of the nineteenth century, the Igbo people of West Africa faced a formidable enemy. Queen Victoria of England had claimed their land as part of the British Empire, and soon the British imperial forces would conquer them and-with European law, religion, and material goods—change Igbo life forever.

Okonkwo is a clan leader of the Igbo village of Umofia. Known as the "Roaring Flame" for his prowess in war, he has built his own fortune and is considered one of the greatest men of his time. Okonkwo attributes his success to his own inflexible will. But in this new fight, that blind determination will bring about Okonkwo's downfall.

This complete study edition of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart includes information about the history of Nigeria and the culture of the Igbo, as well as questions, writing ideas, and projects. Related readings are included to give you new perspectives.
Author Bio
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is often called the father of modern African literature. His classic novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, was one of the first books to portray Africa from an African point of view, contradicting European stereotypes about the so-called "dark continent." Things Fall Apart has been translated into fifty-two languages and has sold over nine million copies, making it the most widely read African novel in the world. Achebe has written more than sixteen books, including novels, short stories, poems, and essays. His works tell in unsentimental, moving detail how Western influences have affected traditional Nigerian ways of life.