Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grave with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world with the arrival of aggresive European missionaries
These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. (Taken from book.)
I am close to being halfway through the book and although I have found my first attempt at it rather difficult because of my unfamiliarity with Nigerian culture, I have eventually learned to look past the strange words and enjoy the story. The pace is not boring and the characters are interesting. I look forward to how Okonkwo’s story will unfold.