Things Fall Apart

ISBN-10: 0435905252

ISBN-13: 9780435905255

Edition: 1996 (Expurgated)

Authors: Chinua Achebe

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This expanded edition of Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by the British conquest of Nigeria. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's character as well as external forces contribute to his downfall. This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture,and literature, and reference material to help readers see Achebe's classic novel in social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 11/25/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954. He was working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82.

The Life and Works of Chinua Achebe
Time Line of Chinua Achebe's Life
The Historical and Cultural Context of Things Fall Apart
Technique and Theme in Things Fall Apart
Characters in Things Fall Apart
Places in Things Fall Apart
Echoes
Map of Africa
Map of Nigeria
Images of Igbo Life
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 1-5
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 6-8
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 9-13
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 14-19
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 20-25
Glossary of Igbo Words and Phrases
Plot Analysis of Things Fall Apart
Related Readings
"Going Home Was a Sad Awakening," Marjorie Coeyman, The Christian Science Monitor (news article)
"An African Voice," interview with Chinua Achebe by Katie Bacon, Atlantic Unbound (interview)
"The Second Coming," William Butler Yeats (poem)
"Lament of the Sacred Python," Chinua Achebe (poem)
from Kehinde, Buchi Emecheta (novel excerpt)
"Heaven Is Not Closed," Bessie Head (short story)
"Should My Tribal Past Shape Delia's Future?," Dympna Ugwu-Oju, Newsweek (personal essay)
Creative Writing Activities
Critical Writing Activities
Projects
Glossary of Words for Everyday Use
Handbook of Literary Terms
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