The story follows Okonkwo, an important member of a village in central Africa, as he goes about his daily life and during the beginning of Western colonialism.
It is so refreshing to read a book set in Africa that does not portray the indigenous people as ‘savages’ or similar. Achebe himself was present during the end of colonialism and this book, and following two books of the trilogy, is him showing the peaceful and civilised truth of a society that colonialists have failed to tell.
A well as being an almost informative piece of literature about their individual societies, Things Fall Apart is heart-warming, heart-breaking, intriguing, and tragic. Be prepared to find yourself empathising strongly with the characters depicted as this book will test your emotional limits.