This week, the Western Book Club focuses on a book I had to read for English class my sophomore year of high school: “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe.
Junior Sorina Pitts, a history major, recently read “Things Fall Apart” and liked it a lot.
“It was written from a good perspective,” she said. “It has legitimacy, and I found it to be a beautiful book to read and very interesting.”
“Things Fall Apart” was written in 1958 by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe and focuses on the ways European settlers impacted a Nigerian village. The novel focuses on the most powerful man in the village and show how he deals with changes and the challenges that those changes bring for the village and for himself, Pitts said.
“I think it gives good perspective on what happened and I think it’s written from a reputable individual things to say and he wrote this book for a reason,” she said.
According to a New York Times article, “Things Fall Apart” sold over 10 million copies in 45 languages, and was inspired by the history of Achebe’s own family in southeastern Nigeria.
Achebe, who died in 2013, wrote a few other novels and about colonization in Nigeria, but “Things Fall Apart” is his most famous book, which ended up on school reading lists, such as mine.
“Anyone who’s interested in history or just looking at different parts of the world and just understanding how history has affected them [should read this book],” Pitts said. “Every sentence is carefully constructed and I think that’s wonderful to read.”
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Check out his other books on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8051.Chinua_Achebe
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