I read the book Things Fall Apart in one of my AP English classes, during high school. I remember so little of it, that when I googled it more confusion came back than nostalgia. Words like "archetypal African novel" and references to Yeats struck me as something new, rather than something I learned years ago. Obviously this book's impact on my life remains to be determined.
Regardless, the title stuck with me and resonated this week.
Mike's favorite shirt sprung a small hole. This conversation piece now leads us to a different discussion. To keep or toss?
Achebe's acclaimed novel explores many themes, one being change. The struggle between change and tradition is constant. The main character's need to feel in control and his fear that other men will sense weakness in him drive him to make decisions, whether consciously or subconsciously, that he regrets as he progresses through his life.
Things fall apart.
People may pass judgment, but we ourselves can bring structure back.
"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."
-William Butler Yeats
((Egypt in my heart and on my mind.))