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TVC Book Club: Things Fall Apart
December Book Club:
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe
DECEMBER 12th, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Things Fall Apart, the daring first novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, was published in 1958. The novel helped create the Nigerian literary renaissance of the 1960s. The novel chronicles the life of Okonkwo, the leader of an Igbo community, from the events leading up to his banishment from the community for accidentally killing a clansman, through the seven years of his exile, to his return, and it addresses a particular problem of emergent Africa—the intrusion in the 1890s of white missionaries and colonial government into tribal Igbo society. Traditionally structured, and peppered with Igbo proverbs, it describes the simultaneous disintegration of its protagonist Okonkwo and of his village. The novel was praised for its intelligent and realistic treatment of tribal beliefs and of psychological disintegration coincident with social unraveling. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Former Brown University faculty member Chinua Achebe (born 1930, Ogidi, Nigeria—died 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) was a Nigerian novelist acclaimed for his unsentimental depictions of the social and psychological disorientation accompanying the imposition of Western customs and values upon traditional African society. His particular concern was with emergent Africa at its moments of crisis; his novels range in subject matter from the first contact of an African village with the white man to the educated African’s attempt to create a firm moral order out of the changing values in a large city. Achebe grew up in the Igbo (Ibo) town of Ogidi, Nigeria. After studying English and literature at University College, Achebe served as director of external broadcasting for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation from 1961–66. He was appointed research fellow at the University of Nigeria and became professor of English, a position he held from 1976 until 1981. He was director (from 1970) of two Nigerian publishers, Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. and Nwankwo-Ifejika Ltd. After an automobile accident in Nigeria in 1990 that left him partially paralyzed, he moved to the United States, where he taught at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York for 19 years. In 2009 he joined the faculty of Brown University in Providence, where he taught until his death in 2013.
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Monday, December 12, 2022, 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM
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