Things Fall Apart

by | Read by Peter Francis James

Published by Recorded Books

With over eight million copies in print world wide, Achebe's work is a definitive novel in African literature. Filled with powerful language and finely drawn characters, Things Fall Apart also shimmers with the sounds and sights of village life.

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives, and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

Things Fall Apart traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue.

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Things Fall Apart

Okonkwo, driven by blinding ambition, finally overcomes his father’s legacy of shame. Or does he? In the Ibo village of Umuofia at a time when the tribe is intact, the gods are respected, and planting yams is a man’s principal responsibility, Achebe tells, above all, a man’s story. Like Okonkwo’s life, it is clean, hard and beautiful, but finally painful when the orderly, peaceful village life comes crashing into Christianity. Peter Francis James’s bass voice resonates perfectly with the elevated diction and multiple voices of Achebe’s novel. It’s a firm, sometimes furious voice, when speaking the powerful Okonkwo, but yielding and playful with his daughter, Ezinma. Full of melodic richness, James projects Achebe’s genuinely African cadences with a power and dignity equal to his vision, giving us finally in audio the most moving picture ever of African village life by an African. P.E.F. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine


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