My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you ever have to immerse yourself in African tribal life and can’t afford to, just read Things Fall Apart. The late great Achebe immerses you in 209 pages of the mightiest and most respected tribe in Nigeria. You will taste kola nuts, bitter leaf soup, yams, and drink lots and lots of palm wine. You will live in obis, attend ceremonies, build huts, and learn the Ibo language. You will shake your head in disbelief at the traditions, because they differ from your own and at times seem barbaric, but make perfect sense to the clansmen of Umuofia. You will fear and sympathize with Okonkwo as his temper, mistakes, and aversion to change play a major part in “things falling apart.”
Achebe writes with knowledge and experience. Despite a lot of repetition, Things Fall Apart is educational and simply interesting.