December 6, New York: How powerful the reversal of dominant narrative perspective? Such a simple idea and yet in Things Fall Apart, so expertly delivered. This was one of the few novels I was assigned in high school that really shook me. They’re all supposed to; they shoot these books at you like buckshot and hope that one or two break through to each of you, even if they’re not the same ones. It as Achebe for me. It was the absolutely tranquil village and the perfectly human and complex Okonkwo and the vast bulk of the book you spend getting to know and love it all before the swift decline. It’s important to seek different perspective, I learned then from this book. It is important to question dominant narratives.
If this book was not one of the ones the shot you through with perspective when you first read it in your teenaged years, you should buy it and go back and try again. It’ll be worth it, I promise.