Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780141023380 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lucy-lemon of Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on 3/24/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Another 1001 book ticked off. It was nice to read one that wasn't set in the UK or the US as well. I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading this, but I enjoyed it a lot. The ending was a surprise too.

Bookray:
Danielle23 - UK (UK)
ETMadrid - UK (EU)
martinburo - UK (Intl)
cat207 - Australia (Intl)
darkpunkangel - Canada (Intl)
nancynova - US (Intl)

Journal Entry 2 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, April 06, 2009
Arrived today, will start reading it soon xx

Journal Entry 3 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I wasn't too excited by this book when I started reading it but once it got to Part 2 it became more interesting for me. The arrival of the 'white man' and his missionaries really caught my attention and make me really feel for the tribe.

Like Lucy I really enjoyed the surprising ending and really felt for Okonkwo.

Journal Entry 4 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (4/8/2009 UTC) at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom

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Posted to ETMadrid, the next in the ray xx

Journal Entry 5 by ETMadrid from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, April 09, 2009
I was surprised to get this this morning. I'm looking forward to reading it, although I have 3 books ahead of it in the queue. Thank you Danielle23 (I've not forgotten about Frankenstein!). It's a good idea to check about possible changes of addresses prior to sending (my own changes relatively frequently). Anyway, I'm very grateful and will keep you posted. Happy Easter!

Journal Entry 6 by ETMadrid from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, May 04, 2009
I found this to be a quite remarkable and fascinating book, rare in the way that it gives us real insight into the way of living and thinking in a remote cluster of villages in Nigeria. I found it difficult to place in time, but see it was published in 1958. Was this topical of that era? Or talking of historical events? I'm not too sure. I also find that it goes some way to help me understand from where originates the horrifying treatment of some ostricised children in Nigeria who are taken to be demons, as I saw in a grim documentary around about Christmas time.

And a bit later...

I found this interesting newsnight report about his recent return to Nigeria, and from it I now know that this was set at the end of the 19th century at the time of his grandfather.

"Arrow of God" set in the time of his father is the next one of his I'll be looking out for.

05/05 There's a porter where I live who's Nigerian. I told him I'd just read this and he could still quote from it, having read it in High School!

Journal Entry 7 by ETMadrid at Southwark, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (5/13/2009 UTC) at Southwark, Greater London United Kingdom

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Sent off today to Norfolk.

14/05 Listened today to an interview with Achebe on the World Book Club.

Journal Entry 8 by martinburo from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, August 03, 2009
I'm sorry for not journalling this before. I read this soon after I got this, but then it got buried under other things. I found it quite a strange book. On the one hand, the style is non-judgemental, almost documentary, but also a great sadness pervades it. It does not romanticise the past, but still it is about what has been lost. However, it also describes the ignorance and cruelty of the past, making no pronouncements on whether the present ignorance and cruelty is less bad.

I've asked for cat207's address.

Journal Entry 9 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Arrived in today's mail. Thank you martinburo, and lucy-lemon, as always, for sharing your books. X

Journal Entry 10 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Sunday, August 16, 2009
A fairly simple tale. I found it frustrating in parts. Such a big deal was made of Ezinma being carried away by Chielo but we never learned the purpose behind it.
Why does 'white man' always feel that his ways are best. These people seemed far happier without their influence!

Waiting to confirm darpunkangel's address to send on.


Journal Entry 11 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Sunday, August 23, 2009
Heading to darkpunkangel in tomorrow's mail.

Journal Entry 12 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 24, 2009
This book has arrived safe and sound, thanks cat207 for sending this to me. I already started reading this and I am enjoying it so far.

Journal Entry 13 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Monday, November 23, 2009
Sorry for taking so long. I tried getting into this but its to boring.

I already have the next participants address so I will mail this by the end of the week.

Journal Entry 14 by darkpunkangel at sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Sent to nancynova today, hope you enjoy the book. And thanks lucy-lemon for setting up this bookray.

Journal Entry 15 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, November 30, 2009
I'm the last on this ray, so since I buried in rays, I will put this toward the end of them, then try to ray it forward. thanks!

Journal Entry 16 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
back to tbr

Journal Entry 17 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, March 01, 2011
1001 book ray, last on the ray so ray'g it forward; set in Nigeria and using for the 666 challenge. Not sure when this is set - maybe late 1900's with the colonization of Nigeria by England? Most of the book is about the clan and the practices - particularly Okonkwo's life. Strength and superstition (and what seems barbaric because of the superstition) is valued. If you are gentle, you will not survive this life. Then the white man comes, taking over the government and preaching the Bible, and the clan's way of life is irrevocably changed.

Journal Entry 18 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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to flut3girl - a 1001 ray it forward!

Journal Entry 19 by Flut3Girl at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, June 25, 2011
Given to me from Nancynova.

Journal Entry 20 by wingNancyNovawing at ~ RABCK ~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Released 4 mos ago (10/18/2018 UTC) at ~ RABCK ~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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mine from flut3girl's stash when she moved out. Now moving forward as a wishlist book!

Journal Entry 21 by wingMmeClintonwing at South Berwick, Maine USA on Friday, October 26, 2018
Just received this neat book from off my wish list, gifted to me by NancyNova... it seems to have traveled far to arrive in Maine. Looking forward to reading it soon... thanks!

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