I just finished reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and I won’t give anything away in case you want to read it (it’s a quick read and a great book) but I feel the need to say something about how I felt when I read the ending. Since the title IS Things Fall Apart, I expected the ending to be somewhat upsetting but I didn’t know that it would be so infuriating and depressing! Reading the story made me wish so badly that things had ended differently and that I could have helped but of course, there’s nothing I could do even if it were a true story because it is set in the past.
It’s one of those books where you get so captivated by the characters and their way of life that you start rooting for them and when things don’t go well…well it sucks! That’s how I feel right now but it was definitely worth the read. It’s also great that this novel teaches a bit about history, even as a work of fiction. If you haven’t read it, please do. And let me know what you think! I would be very happy to discuss.
February 16, 2012 9:43pm