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What you should be reading now: Things Fall Apart

July 28, 2009

Achebe Achebe’s book has been floating around my bedroom for years now; it was only after graduation in May that I finally had the time to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did.

Things Fall Apart is extraordinary in that it’s the first book by an African to be read widely both in and out of Africa. His narrative style is unique and engaging, and the story he tells, of a warrior Okonkwo’s rise and fall, provokes both sympathy and anger.

So why read it now? PostBourgie has a monthly book club, and this month’s pick is Things Fall Apart. I’m excited to head over there in a few weeks to see what other readers think and to add my two cents to the conversation.

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