Things Fall Apart

by TeenLibrarian@evpl on Tuesday, August 12 2008, 2:43pm. Viewed 708 times.

Cover: Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThis year marks the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart -  an account of European colonialism in Nigeria written from an African perspective. Orignally published in 1958, it was Chinua's first novel, an all-time African fiction bestseller and the most translated literary work by any African witer. I highly recommend this book.

I listened to Things Fall Apart several years ago. I literally felt like a kid at storytime. Not only was the story captivating, the reader did an excellent job accentuating and articulating the emotion, mood, and feeling of the story. I hated arriving at my destination and would often steal a few extra minutes, car door open, with one foot dangling in the street trying to find a good place to stop the story. One good thing was, it didn't take me long to finish the six hour and thirty minute recording commuting in San Fransico Bay Area traffic.

When I heard of the anniversary, I immediately wanted to read the book this time for a different experience with the text. Reflecting on my experience with the audiobook has also made me want to listen to other books read by Peter Francis James. Can he deliver another dynamic performance? I shall set out on my quest to accomplish these two tasks in celebration of the 50th anniversary.


Have you read Things Fall Apart? If not celebrate by doing so. Unfortunately, EVPL doesn't own an audio version (yet?).

Have you listened to anything by Peter Francis James

 

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Things Fall Apart in our catalog.

 


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on Wednesday, August 13 2008, 9:57am

I read this book in college, going on 20 years ago.  I think I will re-read it!

on Wednesday, August 20 2008, 8:48am

This was one of my favorites from UE's World Cultures Program. We also read Ben Okri and Kamala Markandaya.

E-Dub@evpl wrote
on Thursday, August 28 2008, 2:37pm

Ooo, read it in college and loved it. I never forgot that title and that concept, nor that it came from this Yeats poem...

The Second Coming, by William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?