16 January 2007
Things Fall Apart
I read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe for the first Reading Across Borders challenge. This wasn't one of the very best novels I've ever read but I definitely enjoyed it. I wish it had been longer; at under 200 pages it seemed too short. One of the best things about the book is that it is told from an African perspective. There are so few voices from Africa at the beginning of colonialism and even though this is fiction, it is unquestionably African and authentic. The last few chapters dealing with Christian missionaries in Nigeria were particularly good. I'd like to read more books like this. Recommended.