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“Author brings you to an African willage so you can live out yourselve an everyday by planting yams, scrubbing walls of the huts and witnessing many more.”Madara wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book gives us an idea of what colonisation is like from the other side. Instead of reading from a coloniser's point of view, we see through the eyes of the people being colonised.
It has opened my eyes to see something which, when I think about it now is obvious, I have never realised before. The fact that people are people no matter where in the world. Whether it is people in England or Nigeria, they all live, maybe in different ways, but they all live life for the same purpose. Life perhaps is different in different parts of the world, but really it is not.
I've only read and heard of this book from English class, or else I would have never picked up this book. Being a 16 year old girl, I am far from interested in colonisation and the life of people in some small village in Nigeria. I would much rather read books on 'girly' problems, which I can relate to. However, I am glad I have read this book, surprisingly it is highly relatable. It has taught me to understand more about the world and the truth and importance of hearing the story from both sides.”
“The setting of this book takes place in the Nigerian villages in 1890's. This story sets a tone of tragedy and irony. Since the story is from the past it focuses on the conflict between the traditional customs of Umuofia and the new customs brought in by the whites.
Our main character in this story, although it may alternate at times, is named Okonkwo who is very masculine, strong, and wealthy unlike how he believes his father is. He believes his father was lazy, poor, and weak and wants to be different than him. Okonkwo ends with committing suicide when he realizes that he is too weak and that the whites have overpowered him.
Okonkwo's character affects the plot because he's the one trying to keep the traditions going while the whites are trying to take over them. At the end it motivates him to commit suicide because he realizes he is too weak and the whites escaped from his people.
The book displays a sense of struggling between keeping things traditional or going for a change. In this case, our main character Okonkwo is trying to keep things traditional however, the whites are trying to bring in their own form of government. When Okonkwo murders a court messenger it brings great surprise to the people and soon enough, Okonkwo realizes he is too weak and commits suicide. I would recommend this story to an extent. It was a great story that kept me focused however, at some points it was a little confusing to me. That probably could have been just me, but other than that I really enjoyed the story.”
“Re-read for the sake of tutoring. . .Second read and spark notes help with appreciation. . .best line: "there is no story that is not true".”BJ wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This has to be the first book I've read for school that I actually enjoyed reading. I must say I was completely taken aback by the ending. A good read though. ”Erin wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can feel my heart bleeding; devastating, this book. But I loved reading this, couldn't put it down. Achebe is a gifted writer.”Flowzigee wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“890L”Lacey Renee wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorites! Great example of African lit. and colonialism.”Kate Smith wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read about colonialism and its effects on oppressed people.”Leni Matthews wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I only kind of read this, but I didn't like it. It didn't have enough views of what Africa is actually, usually like. Now everyone I read this with probably views Africa as being a bunch of weirdos who kill for yams, which is true in some cases but that could be true anywhere; just replace the yams.”SophiaC wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No