— Mingma Sherpa
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a classic novel depicting the culture of the African continent before colonisation and the horrors after it took place. The novel explores the African traditions through the different characters in the novel. One thing that I found a little controversial was that some of those traditions were misogynistic, but the writer does not seem to brand them as right or wrong, he simply explains them.
The novel is definitely a work of literature as it is one of the first counters from Africa to the Western literature that elaborates the story from the African perspective. It leaves a remarkable impression on readers as it highlights the life of Africans without portraying the stereotypical image imposed by the Westerners. Achebe has beautifully expressed the identity of Africans that was not forced by the outsiders by emphasizing on their culture that was well functioning with their own religion, legal and political system. The novel is a classic as a new point of view has been introduced and will continue to amaze the readers.