Related Reading List For Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Novels for adults and youth about:
The Igbo (African People)
Arrow of God (1964)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Achebe
From the Publisher: Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one
of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and
new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father
No Longer at Ease (1960)
TCPL Fiction: F Achebe
Sequel to Things Fall Apart.
From the Publisher: The story of a man whose foreign education has
separated him from his African roots and made him parts of a ruling
elite whose corruption he finds repugnant.
Colonialism in Nigeria
Echewa, T. Obinkaram.
I Saw the Sky Catch Fire (1992)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Echewa
From Library Journal: … Nigerian-born Echewa shows how a changing society
has substituted individuality for community and reveals the purpose
of the grandmother's storytelling. A brief Igbo-English glossary is
included. - Harold Augenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York Copyright 1991
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The Lives of Young People in Africa by African Writers or Who Have Spent
Far and Beyon' (2000)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Dow
From Booklist: Botswana's first female High Court judge draws on her
experience in the women's rights struggle to tell a searing story of
a contemporary family in southern Africa. [excerpt] Hazel Rochman Copyright
© American Library Association. All rights reserved
No Condition is Permanent (2000)
TCPL Young Adult Fiction: YA Kessler
Grades 9 and up
From Booklist: "I have spent 19 years in Africa, and many of my women
friends are circumcised. I wrote this book, in part, for them. It's
my attempt to educate people about a harmful traditional practice that
my friends and a growing number of women around the world are fighting
to end." [from the Author] Copyright 2001 American Library Association.
Secrets in the Fire (2003)
TCPL Children's Fiction: J Mankell
From School Library Journal: A hard-hitting, eye-opening novel that
brings readers face-to-face with the horrors of war. Although a work
of fiction, it is based on the real-life experiences of Sofia Alface,
a friend of the author. [excerpt] (Allen & Unwin, 2002). Mary N. Oluonye,
Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright © Reed Business Information,
a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope (2003)
TCPL Children's Fiction: J Naidoo.
From School Library Journal: This powerful collection takes readers
on a sometimes harrowing journey through the nightmare that was apartheid
South Africa. The stories take place at various times between 1948,
the year that marks the beginning of apartheid, through 2000. The main
characters, who come from different ethnic and economic groups, are
all children, and Naidoo's reliance on a child's perspective ensures
that the material remains emotionally manageable. [excerpt] Sue Giffard,
Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed
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Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
Weep Not, Child (1987)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Ngugi wa
This novel follows Njoroge, a school-aged boy, and the effects of
war in Kenya on his family. It portrays life in the shadow of struggle
for independence from Europeans.
Cry, The Beloved Country (1948)
TCPL Adult Fiction: F Paton
This novel is considered the classic work of literature from South
Africa and is an Oprah Book Club pick. It is the story of South Africa
on the eve of apartheid and of Kumalo, a black minister, and the issues
he faces that make this a story of pain, forgiveness, and redemption.
The discussions of race and religion are just as relevant today as they
were nearly 60 years ago.
The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia (2003)
TCPL Adult Non-Fiction: REF 823 Chinua
Things Fall Apart: Notes (1996)
TCPL Adult Non-Fiction: 823 Achebe
A Cliffs Notes criticism and interpretation of Chinua Achebe's Things