The Resource Things fall apart : authoritative text, contexts and criticism, Chinua Achebe ; edited by Francis Abiola Irele

Things fall apart : authoritative text, contexts and criticism, Chinua Achebe ; edited by Francis Abiola Irele

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Things fall apart : authoritative text, contexts and criticism
Title
Things fall apart
Title remainder
authoritative text, contexts and criticism
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Chinua Achebe ; edited by Francis Abiola Irele
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Things Fall Apart is one of the most widely read African novels ever published. It is written by one of Nigeria's leading novelists, Chinua Achebe. Set in the Ibo village of Umuofia, Things Fall Apart recounts a stunning moment in African history -- its colonization by Britain. The novel, first published in 1958, has by today sold over 8 million copies, been translated into at least forty-five languages, and earned Achebe the somewhat misleading and patronizing title of 'the man who invented African literature.' It carefully re-creates tribal life before the arrival of Europeans in Africa, and then details the jarring changes brought on by the advent of colonialism and Christianity
  • The book is a parable that examines the colonial experience from an African perspective, through Okonkwo, who was 'a strong individual and an Igbo hero struggling to maintain the cultural integrity of his people against the overwhelming power of colonial rule.' Okonkwo is banished from the community for accidentally killing a clansman and is forced to live seven years in exile. He returns to his home village, only to witness its disintegration as it abandons tradition for European ways. The book describes the simultaneous disintegration of Okonkwo and his village, as his pleas to his people not to exchange their culture for that of the English fall on deaf ears
  • The brilliance of Things Fall Apart is that it addresses the imposition of colonization and the crisis in African culture caused by the collapse of colonial rule. Achebe prophetically argued that colonial domination and the culture it left in Africa had such a stranglehold on African peoples that its consequences would haunt African society long after colonizers had left the continent. A Chronology of Achebe's life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included."--Pub. desc
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Summary
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
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Award
Great American Read, 2018.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
011930
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DLC
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Achebe, Chinua
Dewey number
823/.914
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maps
Index
no index present
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890
Literary form
fiction
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bibliography
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Irele, Abiola
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True
Series statement
Norton critical edition
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  • Igbo (African people) in literature
  • Tribes
  • Missionaries
  • British
  • Nigeria
  • Achebe, Chinua
Target audience
adult
Label
Things fall apart : authoritative text, contexts and criticism, Chinua Achebe ; edited by Francis Abiola Irele
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 591-597)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • China Achebe: a chronology
  • The text of Things fall apart
  • Contexts and criticism
  • China Achebe -- Interviews
  • Essays and responses
  • The Igbo-African background
  • General essays on China Achebe
  • Essays on Things fall apart
  • Style and language
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 597 pages
Isbn
9780393932195
Isbn Type
(softcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008043051
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)181139863
Label
Things fall apart : authoritative text, contexts and criticism, Chinua Achebe ; edited by Francis Abiola Irele
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 591-597)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • China Achebe: a chronology
  • The text of Things fall apart
  • Contexts and criticism
  • China Achebe -- Interviews
  • Essays and responses
  • The Igbo-African background
  • General essays on China Achebe
  • Essays on Things fall apart
  • Style and language
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 597 pages
Isbn
9780393932195
Isbn Type
(softcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008043051
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)181139863

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