Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a powerful novel. It welcomes the reader into an Ibo village in Nigeria. The reader is given a unique insight into the village and is able to relate, empathize, and become emotionally invested in the well-being of the villagers. The great strength of literature is that it allows people to experience worlds outside of their own, and to relate to people who have different customs than their own. Achebe is gifted in the ability to create an organic connection between the reader and the characters.

This book is powerful because just as you have become completely invested in the villagers, their lives are uprooted and devastated. The devastation is slow and stealthy, it creeps in innocently and then tears apart the world. Achebe shows the humanity behind the horror of colonization. He writes,

“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”

Allow Things Fall Apart to challenge what history has taught you about colonization. Allow it to open your perspective to the pain that it brought to the world. As you read this book and you allow it to challenge you, sip some tension tamer tea. I actually started drinking tension tamer simply because I was having a difficult day, but I found it to be a nice companion to the novel. The combination of chamomile and ginger root are soothing and pair nicely with

As you read this book and you allow it to challenge you, sip some tension tamer tea. I actually started drinking tension tamer simply because I was having a difficult day, but I found it to be a nice companion to the novel. The combination of chamomile and ginger root are soothing and pair nicely with a novel that will change your perspective — if you let it.

 

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