Achebe's Magnum Opus is one of those essential novels that one can see greatness while at the same moment understand that part of its strength lies no..Show More »t in anything the novel itself ever does, but in the place the novel holds in time and place. If 'Things Fall Apart' were written 40 years earlier it would have probably been ignored both in Africa and the West. If it had been written 40 years later, it would have been seen as good postcolonialist novel, but just one of many. Coming when and where they did, 'Things Fall Apart'/Achebe managed to achieve greatness because they became the central model/mentor to which many later African novels/novelists would look as they tried to communicate their unique historical and cultural vision of modern Africa.
No, definitely not this audio edition. The African American narrator was good but his intonation was off. He could not provide the right atmosphere ..Show More »and as a result detracted from the entire story line. I am Nigerian and would have preferred a Nigerian or African author who could put the "soul" into the story. I could not get past the first chapter and I am totally disappointed. Please understand it is not the accent but the intonation that's key.
I read this book years ago and was mesmerized. Now I have to purchase the print version to regain that feeling.