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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe First published in 1959 (One of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim) Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer Things Fall Apart Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.--W. B. Yeats, "The Second Coming" CHAPTER ONE Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As The drums beat and the flutes sang and the spectators held their breath. Amalinze was a wily craftsman, but Okonkwo was as That was many years ago, twenty years or more, and during this time Okonkwo's fame had grown like a bush-fire in the harm Unoka, for that was his father's name, had died ten years ago. In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapabl He was tall but very thin and had a slight stoop. He wore a haggard and mournful look except when he was drinking or playing That was years ago, when he was young. Unoka, the grown-up, was a failure. He was poor and his wife and children had bar One day a neighbour called Okoye came in to see him. He was reclining on a mud bed in his hut playing on the flute. He imm "I have kola," he announced when he sat down, and passed the disc over to his guest. "Thank you. He who brings kola brings life. But I think you ought to break it," replied Okoye, passing back the disc. "No, it is for you, I think," and they argued like this for a few moments before Unoka accepted the honour of breaking the kola. As he broke the kola, Unoka prayed to their ancestors for life and health, and for protection against their enemies. When they Okoye was also a musician. He played on the ogene. But he was not a failure like Unoka. He had a large barn full of yams an Having spoken plainly so far, Okoye said the next half a dozen sentences in proverbs. Among the Ibo the art of conversation i "Look at that wall," he said, pointing at the far wall of his hut, which was rubbed with red earth so that it shone. "Look at those When Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was heavily in debt. Any wonder then that his son Okonkwo was ashame CHAPTER TWO Okonkwo had just blown out the palm-oil lamp and stretched himself on his bamboo bed when he heard the ogene of the town The night was very quiet. It was always quiet except on moonlight nights. Darkness held a vague terror for these people, even On a moonlight night it would be different. The happy voices of children playing in open fields would then be heard. And perha But this particular night was dark and silent. And in all the nine villages of Umuofia a town crier with his ogene asked every ma In the morning the market place was full. There must have been about ten thousand men there, all talking in low voices. At las "Umuofia kwenu," he bellowed a fifth time, and the crowd yelled in answer. And then suddenly like one possessed he shot ou Many others spoke, and at the end it was decided to follow the normal course of action. An ultimatum was immediately dispat Many others spoke, and at the end it was decided to follow the normal course of action....
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.
- Spring '08
- English, No Longer At Ease, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Things Fall Apart, Fire, Yams, Locusts, Okonkwo, Unoka, Ikemefuna, Nwoye, Ekwefi, Ezinma, Obierika, Agbala, Akunna, Amikwu, Anasi, Aneto, Ani, Chielo, District Commissioner, Enoch, Ezeani, Ezeudu, Ezeugo, First Wife, Kotma, Maduka, Mr. Brown, Mr. Kiaga, Mr. Smith, Nneka, Nwakibie, Obiageli, Ofoedu, Ojiugo, Okagbue, Okika, Okoli, Okoye, Uchendu