Thursday, June 09, 2005

Invitation to a Book Discussion

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
June 11, 3 PM
Datelines Bookshop
Marikina Shoe Expo Complex
Cubao, Quezon City

Discussion Questions:
Exactly what are the things that fell apart? How, when and why did those things fall part?

What caused Okonkwos downfall? In what ways did his downfall mirror that of the demise of his village? In hindsight was the fall of Mbanta and Umuofia inevitable? Could Okonkwos fall have been averted?

As the major identity conflict develops between the British/Christians versus the 'Traditional' Ibo, how does each side view the other? How do these views contribute to how each side treats the other? With which side do you sympathize ?

The last paragraph related how the District Commissioner was going to title his work The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Niger ? What is the significance of this ending?

Things Fall Apart, a novel about how one man confronted the English colonial powers and was ignominiously defeated, was nevertheless written by Achebe in English. Is this appropriate?

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