Things Fall Apart

Curator Reviews

David Benioff

As the son of a champion wrestler, I was naturally drawn to the grappling hero of Achebe’s masterpiece—Okonkwo, one of the most complex and charismatic protagonists in modern literature.

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Samantha Power

Achebe’s debut novel from 1958 tells the story of a successful warrior named Okonkwo, who tries to defend his tribe’s traditions after the arrival of Christian missionaries and British colonists. As two very different worlds collide, it is the complex, richly-drawn characters who leave their mark.

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