Things Fall Apart is the first book written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It came out in 1958. The story is about how life was before foreigners came to a part of Nigeria. These foreigners came in the late 1800s. This book is very important because it’s one of the earliest African stories written in English that got famous worldwide. Many schools in Africa and English-speaking countries use this book as a learning tool.

The main character is Okonkwo, a strong man from a made-up Nigerian group called Umuofia. The book has three parts. In the first part, we learn about Okonkwo’s family, his past, and the customs of his group. The second and third parts talk about how Europeans and Christians started to change Okonkwo’s life and the lives of his people.

After Things Fall Apart, there’s another book called No Longer at Ease (1960). It was originally meant to be a part of a bigger story with another book called Arrow of God (1964). Achebe also wrote two more books, A Man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). These books are like spiritual sequels. They don’t continue Okonkwo’s family story, but they keep telling the history of Africa.

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