Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

Title: Things Fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe

Context: Things Fall Apart is a historical fiction novel by Chinua Achebe set in Nigeria in the 1800s. In the author’s critically acclaimed African Trilogy, this is the first of the three novels. Things Fall Apart is a masterpiece of Achebe which is compared very often to Greek tragedies. The novel is an ordinary tale about a young man whose life is influenced by anger and fear. Richly and uniquely African, it reveals the authors keen awareness of common qualities humans have to humans of all times and places. The novel has been penned down with subtle irony and extraordinary economy.

Synopsis: The story is a classic account about the devastating encounter Africa has with Europe during the process of establishing a colonial presence on the continent. The tale is presented through the fictional experiences of a fearless and rich Igbo warrior named Okonkwo of Umuofia during the late 1800s. The novel explores how the religious and political forces of Britain devalue the Igbo traditions. The warrior’s efforts in trying to retain the Igbo traditions prove to be useless and he only gets more and more desperate while Igbo community gradually surrenders to the new powerful new order.

The novel Things Fall Apart offers one of the most permanent and illuminating monuments to experiences in the African continent. While widening the understanding of the contemporary realities of the reader, the author not only talks about the devastation and loss of the continent but at the same time captures the lives of people in the pre-colonial villages in Africa.

Other works by the Author:

1994 – No Longer at Ease

1964 – Arrow of God

1966 – A Man of the People

1987 – Anthills of the Savannah

Short Stories

1952 – Marriage Is a Private Affair

1953 – Dead Men’s Path

1953 – The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories

1971 – Civil Peace

1973 – Girls at War and Other Stories

1985 – African Short Stories

1992 – The Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories

The Voter


1971 – Beware, Soul-Brother and Other Poems, later published in the U.S. as Christmas in Biafra and Other Poems

1978 – Don’t Let Him Die: An Anthology of Memorial Poems for Christopher Okigbo

1988 – Another Africa

2004 – Collected Poems

Refugee Mother and Child


Children’s Books

1966 – Chike and the River

1972 – How the Leopard Got His Claws

1975 – The Flute

1978 – The Drum

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