In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, things really do fall apart.
But in all seriousness, I don’t know how to briefly highlight this novel’s literary weight. Let’s just say it’s considerably important: historically, culturally, and textually. It was a direct African response to the archetypal, imperialistic books – specifically Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness—written about Africa and the first to be critically and internationally acclaimed. This book was banned for its critical discussion of colonialism.
I highly suggest reading this book, as it’s rich with symbolism and examines the subjects of gender, traditions, culture, along with other significant issues.