In which John Green teaches you about Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart.
You’ll learn about Igboland, a region in modern day Nigeria, prior to the arrival of the British Empire.
Achebe tells the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo villager who has worked his way up from life as a sharecropped and become a respected leader in his community.
Okonkwo has a tragic fall, and is exiled. And then the trouble starts. British missionaries arrive, and change everything.
Things Fall Apart has a lot to say about colonization, and even something to say about decolonization.