Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (PDF) Free Download
Things Fall Apart PDF Free Download [Latest Edition]: Nigerian author Chinua Achebe‘s first book, Things Fall Apart pdf, was released in 1958.
It depicts life before colonisation in the southeast of Nigeria and the European invasion in the late 19th century.
It is regarded as the prototypical modern African novel in English and one of the first to win widespread recognition from critics around the world.
It is a standard textbook in schools all throughout Africa and is read and studied in English-speaking nations everywhere.
The book was initially released by William Heinemann Ltd. in the UK in 1962 and was the company’s debut publication in its African Writers Series.
In the fictional Nigerian tribe of Umuofia, Okonkwo, an Igbo man (referred to as “Ibo” in the book), is the local wrestling champion.
The work is divided into three pieces, the first of which introduces Okonkwo’s family, personal history, and Igbo customs and society.
The second and third sections then discuss how Okonkwo, his family, and the larger Igbo community were impacted by European colonisation and Christian missionaries.
No Longer at Ease (1960), the sequel to Things Fall Apart pdf, was initially written as the second half of a greater work alongside Arrow of God (1964).
Despite not including Okonkwo’s descendants, Achebe claims that his two later works,
A Man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987), are the previous books’ spiritual successors in terms of retelling African history.
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The protagonist of the book, Okonkwo, is well-known in the Umuofia villages for winning a wrestling match against an opponent known as “Amalinze The Cat” (because he never lands on his back).
Okonkwo is powerful, diligent, and works hard to maintain his strength.
His father Unoka left behind a corrupt history of unpaid bills, a neglected wife and kids, and timidity at the sight of blood, which he wishes to erase.
Since Unoka died in disgrace and left behind a mountain of unpaid obligations, Okonkwo works tirelessly to amass his money fully on his own.
He is also fixated on being a man, and any attempt to compromise this quickly backfires.
He thus frequently hits his wives and kids and is rude to his neighbours.
But his desire to break free from his father’s legacy makes him a wealthy, valiant, and strong figure in his village.
He has gained the status in his society for which he has spent his entire life and is now the leader of his hamlet.
The elders choose Okonkwo to be the boy Ikemefuna’s guardian after the boy’s father killed an Umuofian woman and the boy was taken by the clan as part of a peace agreement.
Although Okonkwo does not express his affection for the youngster out of fear of coming across as weak, the boy lives with Okonkwo’s family and develops close to Okonkwo.
The boy regards Okonkwo as a role model and a second father. Finally, the Oracle of Umuofia orders the boy’s execution.
The oldest man in the village, Ezeudu, cautions Okonkwo not to participate in the killing because it would be like killing his own child.
However, in order to avoid appearing weak and feminine to the other men in the village, Okonkwo disregards the old man’s advice and delivers the fatal blow while Ikemefuna begs for his “father’s” protection.
After killing Ikemefuna, Okonkwo is sorrowful and remorseful for a number of days.
Soon after Ikemefuna’s passing, Okonkwo experiences troubles.
He experiences severe despair as a result of killing his own adoptive son, which has left him deeply scarred.
At the same time that his ailing daughter Ezinma unexpectedly becomes unwell and is in danger of dying, Okonkwo’s gun accidently bursts, killing Ezeudu’s son during a gun salute at his funeral.
He is banished with his family for seven years to his native Mbanta village in order to make amends with the gods he disobeyed.