Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ remains the single best piece of literature to come out of Africa.
The lucidness and simplicity of Chinua Achebe’s narration in ‘Things Fall Apart,’ the richness of the proverbs and folk tales he uses as garnishment and the realism of the dialogues all contribute to furnishing a rich repertoire of quotes.
The characters in ‘Things Fall Apart’ are much more human-like and sophisticated than the primitive cardboard cuts western writers typically portray Africans as.
Chinua Achebe sought to rediscover pride and dignity among Africans by rehabilitating their image damaged by the humiliating effect of racist portrayals. In ‘Things Fall Apart’ he does this with grace and clarity.
‘Things Fall Apart’ follows the tragic story of a high-performing but deeply flawed African native inhabiting an exalted place within his traditional Umuofia society which is under threat from European imperialists.
‘Things Fall Apart’ was born out of the need to correct careless, one-dimensional and ultimately racist portrayal of traditional Africans by Western writers.