I know all the hate Achebe gets on here for his opinion on 'Heart of Darkness', but I was curious as to what /lit/ thought of 'Things Fall Apart'.
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I'm not so sure that's why /lit/ dislikes him. It's my impression that /lit/ isn't particularly fond of Heart of Darkness either. In general, there's an aversion against the kind of books one reads in high school, be that Conrad, Fitzgerald, Salinger or Steinbeck.
I thought Things Fall Apart was pretty mediocre. The father/son theme was painfully trite. Okonkwo's actions where often ridiculous, and at points, the characterization was hamfisted to the extreme.
The ending though, was superb. But it did not manage to salvage or redeem the rest of the work.
I haven't read anything else by Achebe. I could be willing to give him another shot, if I hear about another work that is supposedly better. Bear in mind that while I found Things Fall Apart mediocre, it is miles ahead of most books.
You know where you belong. I suggest you go there.
'/lit/'(which isn't a hivemind anway) doesn't hate TFA, or even the African Trilogy as a whole. The worst it gets is people saying it's massively overrated(not untrue), and the more /pol/-minded amongst its critics here attribute this to it being overly praised in academia because of its perceived Africanness.
I liked TFA, but it's probably the weakest of the African Trilogy, for me in part because of its excessive focus on trying to frame the story in the Igbo world. Most characters at times are archetypes(especially the oh-so-tragically flawed Okonkwo) instead of feeling like genuine persons, which weakens the whole work because the Igbo world that Achebe puts so much effort in describing feels flat and uninhabited. The other two parts of his African Trilogy suffer much less from this - I suspect because Achebe was a lot more westernised than he was traditionally Igbo, and didn't have to strain so much to write the other two.
I read this in college for Brit Lit (not sure why) and I thought it was pretty good.
I'm usually interested in topics such as colonialism and conflict between different cultures though so that's probably partly why.
Okonkwo kills his "son", I consider that quite barbaric. I believe Achebe tried to convey that both the tribes and the colonials were barbaric to an extent because after all, all humans have a barbarian inside of them.