First Impressions – Things Fall Apart

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Last week, I asked my incredible readers to help me choose one out of 5 books to read this week; I really appreciate you guys taking part in the poll. Well, the results are in; with 50% of the votes, the winner is:

Funny enough, nobody voted for ‘Beasts of no Nation’; Is this because you guys are not familiar with the novel or something else entirely? If you have read the novel, please let me know what you thought about it in the comments.

I am fairly confident that i read ‘Things Fall Apart’ in Primary School but since my memory of that period of my life is sketchy at best, the only thing that stands out is the name ‘Okonkwo’ and this might be because i watched the tv series as a kid as well (or did I?). Hmmn…

Anyways, i just read the first chapter, and i wanted to talk about the things that came to my mind:

  • It appears Okonkwo is a high achiever because his father was considered a failure, not despite it. Fortunately, he lives in a society where each person is judged by their own accomplishments, and can rise in status irregardless of their background.
  • I read somewhere once that children judge their parents as they grow up, especially once they can perceive where their parents fit in society, and the most they (the parents) can hope for is that they will learn to forgive them for not meeting their expectations; I get the impression that Okonkwo has not forgiven his father for being the laughingstock of the village, which explains his lack of patience with men that remind him of his father. I’m excited to see if there will be more references to their relationship.
  • Keeping in mind the points above, I can see why a man like him would consider his speech defect (he has a slight stammer) a weakness and compensate for that with his fists; considering the fact that as an accomplished wrestler, petty fights should be beneath him because he obviously has an unfair advantage.
  • Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, embodies all the reasons why I never sold anything as a student. Just imagine the process his creditor, Okoye, had to go through to ask him to pay his debt, only for Unoka to laugh in his face and ask him to go sit in a corner: Breaking Kola, making unnecessary small talk, beating around the bush with proverbs, before finally coming to the root of the matter. I know myself; i can never survive in that world, i would beat somebody up if care is not taken. On top of my own personal money; You must be a joker.

I’ll stop here for now, and go find out what the deal is with Ikemefuna. Hopefully, I’ll be writing a review for this book before the week runs out.

I hope you all have a magical week, xoxo.

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  1. Awww. So you chose things fall apart. I think no one chose beasts of no nation, probably because of the movie. Not sure. Just guessing. Nice review. Can’t wait for the rest

    1. Was it a bad movie? I haven’t seen it yet, nor do i know anyone who has; come to think of it…

      1. It was a really good movie. People have watched it. So they know the story. It was nominated for awards and probably won.