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Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)

Autor(a) de Things Fall Apart

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About the Author

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954. He was mostrar mais working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart (1958) 20,735 cópias
No Longer at Ease (1960) 1,516 cópias
Arrow of God (1964) 1,282 cópias
Anthills of the Savannah (1987) 1,121 cópias
A Man of the People (1966) 862 cópias
Girls at War (1972) 279 cópias
Home and Exile (2001) 217 cópias
African Short Stories (1985) — Editor; Contribuinte — 147 cópias
Chike and the River (1966) 144 cópias
Africas Tarnished Name (2018) 129 cópias
Collected Poems (1969) 97 cópias
The Trouble with Nigeria (1984) 64 cópias
Beware Soul Brother (1971) 52 cópias
OCR GCSE Story Collection (2002) 21 cópias
The Drum (1977) 13 cópias
Dead Men's Path 4 cópias
Už nikdy klid 2 cópias
The world of the Ogbanje (1986) 2 cópias
Civil Peace 2 cópias
Things fall apart 1 exemplar(es)
Human Mine Sweeper 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuinte — 1,136 cópias
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles (2008) — Prefácio — 358 cópias
Telling Tales (2004) — Contribuinte — 346 cópias
The World's Greatest Short Stories (2006) — Contribuinte — 272 cópias
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories (2002) — Prefácio — 52 cópias
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
African Literature: an anthology of criticism and theory (2007) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
Currents in Fiction (1974) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
AQA Anthology (2002) — Autor, algumas edições19 cópias
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
An African Quilt: 24 Modern African Stories (2012) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
African Rhapsody: Short Stories of the Contemporary African Experience (1994) — Prefácio, algumas edições16 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Achebe, Albert Chinụalụmọgụ
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria
Local de nascimento
Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria Protectorate
Local de falecimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Ogidi, Nigeria
Nekede, Nigeria
Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
Oba, Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria
Enugu, Nigeria (mostrar todas 12)
Aba, Biafra
Nsukku, Nigeria
Nneobi, Nigeria
Annandale, New York, USA
Massachusetts, USA
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
University College, Ibadan, Nigeria
University of London
short-story writer
school teacher
Okigbo, Christopher (friend)
Anambra State University of Technology
Bard College
Brown University
Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation
Booker Prize (2007)
Visiting professorship (University of Massachusetts-Amherst ∙ University of Connecticut ∙ UCLA)
Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (2002)
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Honorary Fellowship.
Nigerian National Merit Award
Pequena biografia
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan.

His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad.

From 1972 to 1976, and again in 1987 to 1988, Mr. Achebe was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also for one year at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Cited in the London Sunday Times as one of the "1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century" for defining "a modern African literature that was truly African" and thereby making "a major contribution to world literature," Chinua Achebe published novels, short stories, essays and children's books. [adapted from Things Fall Apart, c1959, 1994 printing Anchor Books Ed.]

Mr. Achebe received numerous honors from around the world including more than twenty honorary doctorates from universities in England, Scotland, the United States, Canada, and Nigeria.

Latterly Mr. Achebe lived with his wife in Annandale, New York, where they both taught at Bard College. They had four children.



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While I was reading this book, I couldn't help but feel myself transferred back to my high school days... reading a book that I had little invested interest in but felt an obligation to finish. This book definitely has the feeling of the kind of book a school would choose to give their students a proper introduction to other cultures. (If you don't read about other cultures you won't be cultured enough for us to let you graduate!)

And this book is heavy with the feeling that it is trying to inform you about the wide world of peoples out there that have suffered in unimaginable ways. Now, I have no problem with a book that is written with that purpose, I have enjoyed many books like that, (Kaffir Boy, for instance). The problem I had with this book and its message, was that it portrayed it badly, in many ways.

The first thing that really bothered me was the main character, Okonkwo. If you're going to write a book where you're trying to emphasize the suffering a character is going through, you would think you'd write him as a character someone could empathize with. I'm sorry, but I can't empathize with a character who beats his wife and children, and blames it on father issues. Secondly, the book was quite honestly... boring. A sizable chunk of the novel is spent talking about yams, farming yams, and all the bad things that have happened to the yams and the yam farms. More detail is put into yams than character development. I understand Achebe must be trying to show a piece of the culture he grew up with... but it was honestly just boring. And I know its possible to make farming sound interesting in books... Achebe didn't do that.
But it wasn't just the farming in the book that was boring – quite frankly not a lot of interesting things happen in this book. There are a few intriguing scenes but they are so minor, and lacking in conclusion, that they aren't enough to make up for the scenes that are dull.

The last thing that I had a big problem with was the cookie-cutter stereotypes of the characters. It is a story about how white colonizers negatively affected an African tribe. This is not a type of story I have a problem with. What I did have a problem with was how the white and African characters pretty much followed a very predictable scenario – the Christian missionaries come in and try to preach to the tribespeople; The tribespeople respond by fighting, killing missionaries, and destroying churches. I find this ironic because I believe I read somewhere, that as a young man, Achebe was angry at stories of Africa depicting "savage Africans." (Such as Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.) Is he making a stab at that literature through this book? Or maybe this really was a situation he encountered in his youth?? I'm sure a lot of clashes really did happen between white colonizers/missionaries and the tribespeople of Africa. But the way it was in this book was just so predictable I could almost tell you what would happen on the next page. And it surprised me that someone who seems to have experienced this kind of situation firsthand wrote it in such a seemingly generic, predictable manner.
And tying this in with the end, when Okonkwo kills himself because he sees the irreparable damage the Christians have done to his tribe's culture... I didn't even feel bad for him. Sorry your culture's ruined...... but you beat your wives/children constantly. So.... really... I'm not sorry.

This is a really hard book to give a bad review, too. It's easy to think that someone must be racist because of giving this book a bad review... but there are so many parts of this book that I personally think are dangerously on the edge of being racist, and work to prolong stereotypes. And to add on top of that problem – it has bad characters and is generally just boring. Perhaps, in the end, I am thinking about this book in too simple of terms, that I'm under-analyzing it. Maybe it's the sort of book where you have to look even deeper than you might think to try and get the "true message" out of it. Maybe. But then maybe there are a million other books out there that I could be better spending my time on.
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escapinginpaper | outras 432 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Such a powerful piece of writing. For those like me who are unfamiliar with Achebe's non-fiction writing, this is a wonderful insight into the man behind his beautiful stories.
And I found many wonderful references to explore further.
zasmine | outras 2 resenhas | Apr 26, 2024 |
A haunting parable. The final chapter of this book still stings my western heart with every reading. Others have written eloquently on this work - and some reviews on here posit an alternative viewpoint on the apparently uppity and unreasonable, if not downright ungrateful aims of postcolonialist literature - so you can make up your own mind on that. But gosh I think this was an important novel 60 years ago, and it remains so. A challenge to its western readership, from the use of untranslated words to its matter-of-fact, quasi-Dickensian ironic descriptions of the local culture as seen through the protagonist, and sometimes his children - already questioning their own culture, as we all do.

A complex portrayal of colonialism that twists the knife very well indeed.
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therebelprince | outras 432 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
Although the main theme of this novel is the colonialization of Africa by Great Britain in the late 19th century, it also exposes the folly of hubris, particularly of its protagonist, Okonkwo. The first part of the story centers on Okonkwo's life in his agriculture-centric society, Umuofia, and its kinship ties, superstitions, and rituals. Okonkwo has some reason to be proud: he pulled himself up by the bootstraps, so to speak, not having the same advantages as his Igbo clansmen because his father was considered lazy and contemptible, and he suffered an outcast's death. Okonkwo fear of failure haunts him throughout, and he becomes hard man with an inflexible will and a fiery temper that he blames on his personal god because of the shame his father brought to the family. Although he achieves great success in his fatherland, Okonkwo is ultimately banished for seven years and seeks shelter in his motherland, Mbanta, where he again prospers but still longs to return to his fatherland. Upon his return to Umuofia, he finds much has changed, largely as the result of the British missionaries and administrators who are trying to "civilize" the non-Christians. Achebe explores the impact of colonialism on different aspects of village life and the different categories of villagers. It was refreshing to see colonialism portrayed through the eyes of the colonized, not of the colonizers, as in Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. To be, the real reason things fell apart was a failure of communication between the Western interlopers and the natives.… (mais)
bschweiger | outras 432 resenhas | Feb 4, 2024 |


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