Originally published in 1958 and now acclaimed globally as a classic in African literature, Things Fall Apart tells the story of Okonkwo, the strong-willed and powerful leader of his village who goes to great and sometimes extreme lengths to keep from showing any weakness. When his selfish pride leads to tragedy he and his family are exiled from Umuofia, the village he has worked so hard all of his life to lead. Years later, when Okonkwo is finally allowed to return to his village he finds it has been changed in numerous ways by the invading white population which has forced its will upon his people. When Okonowo rebels it sets into motion a series of life-changing events for himself and his people. Will his pride save his village and restore its traditions or will it destroy Okonkwo?
Things Fall Apart was one of the first African novels written in English to gain critical praise worldwide. It is now one of the most popular works of fiction in school libraries throughout Africa and is considered by many English-speaking readers all around the world to be a treasured classic. And now you can find out why in this wonderful unabridged audiobook adaptation.
With over eight million copies in print world wide, Achebe’s work is a definitive novel in African literature. Filled with powerful language and finely drawn characters, Things Fall Apart also shimmers with the sounds and sights of village life.
Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger. Things Fall Apart traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue. Download and start listening now!