Things Fall Apart [Reading]

Chuk Iwuji reads from Chinua Achebe's classic novel, abridged by Jane Marshall.

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01*20080609

The story begins in a Nigerian village.

02*20080610

Okonkwo was ashamed of his father, an idler and a debtor, and he was determined not to follow in his footsteps but to earn respect in the clan.

03*20080611

Okonkwo has become a great man in his clan, a fierce warrior and successful farmer, but his determination makes him an unforgiving father and husband.

04*20080612

Okonkwo's determination not to appear weak has led him to take part in the killing of the young boy who has lived with his family for the last three years.

He cannot shake it out of his mind.

05*20080613

The spirits of the ancestors are abroad as the clan gathers for a ceremony.

06*20080616

Okonkwo joins his friend Obierika to celebrate his daughter's wedding.

07*20080617

Forced into exile, Okonkwo returns to his mother's clan with his three wives and eleven children.

08*20080618

Missionaries arrive in the village and ask for land on which to build a church.

09*20080619

The seven years of exile are at an end and Okonkwo prepares to return to his clan.

10 LAST20080620

The new church has been destroyed and the elders of the clan are summoned before the District Commissioner.