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A Review of "Things Fall Apart"
By: Darwin Day
E-mail: ddayii@mindspring.com

I really enjoyed reading the book Things Fall Apart. Achebe did an excellent job of
portraying the pre-colonial culture of the Ibo. This book was not only educational, but
entertaining as well. His ability to focus mainly on one individual and still show the
complexity of the entire clan’s beliefs and self-governing tactics was incredible. It is
hard to believe that he was able to show us so many aspects of the pre-colonial culture in
so few pages. This book definitely left me wanting to learn more about their culture. Some
of the areas, I feel, really stood out to show they were a civilized people included their
social organization, their economic system, and their religious beliefs. The Ibo seemed to
have a very structured social order. Everything from the way one attains status in the
village to the way the people receive their guests leads me to believe this. The use of
titles in the village to determine status demonstrates that they had a hierarchy of sorts
in place, much like we have judges, mayors, senators, and a president. For instance, the
egwugwu acted as judges by passing sentence in disputes between the people. Their use of
titles also seemed to make up a sort of government. Along the same lines, the way they
interacted shows that they were a civil people. They seemed to try to settle everything
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