Things Fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe

Genre: Fiction

What an absolute treat of a book! Good fiction not only entertains us but also stirs something deep within us, making us emotional and introspective at the same time. The most widely read book on African literature (10 m copies and translated into 45 languages), Things Fall Apart tells a story which is fiction, but with very real characters in a very real era.

We are all prisoners of our times. Achebe was active when the ‘Scramble for Africa’ was at its peak, with all European powers wanting a piece for themselves. He grew up in Nigeria in a traditional clan where his father converted to Christianity, but all his uncles continued to be ‘heathen’. So, while he sang hymns and read the Bible every day, he also enjoyed the pagan festivals of rice and stew. Growing up in such a crossroad of culture, it is no wonder that Achebe’s works show tolerance and objectivity.