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The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart No Longer at Ease Arrow of God (Everyman Library) [Hardcover]

Chinua Achebe
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26 Mar 2010 Everyman Library

Chinua Achebe is considered the father of African literature in English, the writer who 'opened the magic casements of African fiction' for an international readership. Following the 50th anniversary of the publication of his ground-breaking Things Fall Apart, Everyman republish Achebe's first and most famous novel alongside No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God, under the collective title The African Trilogy.

In Things Fall Apart the individual tragedy of Okonkwo, 'strong man' and tribal elder in the Nigeria of the 1890s is intertwined with the transformation of traditional Igbo society under the impact of Christianity and colonialism. In No Longer at Ease, Okonkwo's grandson, Obi, educated in England, returns to a civil-service job in colonial Lagos, only to clash with the ruling elite to which he now believes he belongs. Arrow of God is set in the 1920s and explores the conflict from the two points of view - often, but not always, opposing - ofEzuelu, an Igbo priest, and Captain Winterbottom, a British district officer.

In spare and lucid prose,Achebe tellsa universal tale of personal and moral struggle in a changing world which continues to resonate in Africa today and has captured the imaginations of readers everywhere.


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  • Hardcover: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (26 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841593273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841593272
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Appearing for the first time as a single hardback edition, the Everyman African Trilogy is perfect for students and fans alike.

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Born in 1930, Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe is probably black Africa's most widely read novelist. His first work, Things Fall Apart, is regarded as a classic of world literature and has been translated into 40 languages.

Introducer Biography:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria and now lives in the United States. She is the author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sunand The Thing Around Your Neck.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The African Trilogy 1 Mar 2012
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These stories are classic; brilliant. Achebe takes us to the heart of the Igbo people at the time of the `falling apart' of their civilisation in the face of colonialists and missionaries. We are witness to the turmoil through the experiences of the main characters, particularly Okonkwo in 'Things Fall Apart' and Ezeulu in 'Arrow of God'. We follow the rhythm of their lives, measured by the seasons, by market days and festivals, governed by the formalities and rituals of kinship and community, under the all- embracing presence of gods and spirits. A dialogue rich in proverbs flows throughout as we become intimately acquainted with an extended family and the bonds and tensions of kinship. So we watch in dismay as this way of life is misunderstood and unwittingly trampled on and destroyed as two cultures meet in mutual bewilderment and ignorance.
It is the humanity of these ordinary (yet extraordinary) people living their lives, doing their jobs, dealing with the unknown, Igbo or British, black or white, which gives Achebe's writing universal appeal. We believe in and identify with his characters and so we are completely involved and deeply moved as the tragedy inevitably unfolds.
'No Longer At Ease' carries the same humanity as we share in the troubles faced by Obi Okonkwo (Okonkwo's grandson) as he grapples with his life in 1950s Lagos and his job in a corrupt civil service. He is of the Igbo people from eastern Nigeria, and educated in England, and we know the story of his grandparents, so again, we are deeply involved in his story.
The Everyman's Library 2010 edition has an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of 'Half a Yellow Sun', set in the context of the Biafra War, a further tragedy for the Igbo people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of Chinua Achebe 2 Dec 2012
By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As a child growing up, Things fall apart and Achebe's other books formed part of my compulsory literature reading list as well as my reading for pleasure list. Achebe's works were set aside from other African literature books by its precise use of the language, its reality and autobiographical tone, the intricate and captivating stories on a background of political and historical settings, and the style of writing that on deeper analysis allows one a better and deeper appreciation of the conceptual context and thinking behind the stories.

This is a hard back copy of his three best internationally acclaimed novels which came to be known as Achebe's trilogy. Starting with his first and most loved book- 'Things fall apart' in which we encounter Okonkwo the strong man and tribal elder who becomes a'fallen hero' and the transformation to the Igbo society under the impact of Christianity and Colonialism. In the sequel 'No longer at Ease' we meet Okonkwo's grandson, Obi who returns following his education in England to a colonial job and a clash with the ruling elite. 'Arrow of God' is the last book of the Trilogy and explores the conflict between an Igbo priest and a British warrant officer.

These three books are a gem and tell the story of personal and moral struggle in the face of a changing world. Most importantly the three form an arc of what could be described as the human chronicle of cultural and political changes that brought about what could now be seen as the modern African state.

I was particularly surprised to find this collection of his trilogy in one hard backed edition, with a forward from the new internationally acclaimed author Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie. It is published by Everyman's Library and is excellent value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Sep 2012
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Things Fall Apart - how have I arrived at 63 without having read this? I'd heard of Achebe via reading Adichie who credits him as her literary hero.
Africa by an African and so honest! He deals with the arrival of the white man and his terrible effects on tribal society without looking at that tribal society through rose tinted spectacles.
An absolute must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book 11 Jan 2013
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This book is a must for anyone thinking about changing culture. I live in Scotland and work in Uganda and I found that there are parelels to both places in the remarkable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected 21 Oct 2013
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I bought this trilogy because I had never heard of the writer until his death a few months ago. The stories are as expected from reading other reviews, an African's take on Africa and its people over three separate generations (each has its own novel). The tales flow and the take on the way Black and White characters see the same events differently is well constructed. The economic,social, and political changes over the past century or so are tied into the thoughts and actions of the characters but it is not necessary to read all three novels as each is capable of standing on its own. Having said that the experience of all three enhances the understanding. Not having read any other African literature I have nothing with which to compare these novels but I would recommend them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 9 Mar 2013
By RUbin
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Yes I would recommend this book to my sister and to all people who might be interested in Africa, I enjoyed reading the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars African Literature FTW 5 July 2014
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Bought this for my dad because he loves Africans and stuff. He said it's an amazing book if you're into all that so it gets 5/5. Also, very good value to get three books from the man renowned as *the* authority of African literature, especially in a hardback book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some great stories within a story, my favourites being the ones about the mosquito and the tortoise.
Published 4 days ago by Colin Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo... Bravoooooooo !
What more can I say about these masterpieces. As an African born in the London, England, these stories are amazing and reinforce my love for my motherland. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I wanted to start to learn more about Nigeria having worked there, and worked with several Nigerians throughout my career, and this is my first novel from there. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Livia
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautifully written, very concise and thoughtful language which gives these stories a very poignant atmosphere. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cece de la Vela
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
My daughter is studying this at school, so the 3 parts is a bonus. I know she'll like it, perfect xmas present
Published 10 months ago by Tomi Ogunjobi
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written African Classics
Chinua Achebe's trilogy remains unparalleled.
'Things fall Apart' has received acclaim far and wide but one cannot ignore the tragic heroes in 'Arrow of God' and 'No Longer at... Read more
Published 11 months ago by 'Delia
4.0 out of 5 stars A serious read
I had only heard of Chinua Achebe on various radio programmes.
I now realise why this trilogy makes a significant contribution to western understanding of African cultures.
Published 14 months ago by John Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising
How can a country with such vast resources squander all it has as one politician after another just plunders the national coffers.
Published 16 months ago by Good living
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading
Well worth reading the trilogy, although you don't need to read them in order as they are individual stories in their own right
Published 17 months ago by Y
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