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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
Okonkwo is the greatest warrior alive, famous throughout West Africa. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy. Chinua Achebe's stark novel reshaped both African and world literature. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.
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Trashcanman
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#7days7covers #day 2 @Bronte_Chintz cause I haven't seen her post in forever.

Bklover Love this book. ❤️❤️ 3d
Bklover And hey George!🧡🧡 3d
Avanders Excellent book!! 👍🏽 @Bklover ♥️ 3d
Tanisha_A That's really one of my favourite covers and books too 3d
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midhun.j.zacharia
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This one broke my heart.

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Karisa
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A teacher friend posted this on Facebook. I think I need a print of it for my classroom. 💗

cobwebmoth Love it! 3mo
Victoriahoperose ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
GripLitGrl 😍😍😍 3mo
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Michaelbmontes
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"living fire begets cold, impotent ash" - Chinua Achebe

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Bklover
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SLUMP. I am in a slump. I‘m currently reading Where The Crawdads Sing and a few others I am meandering through. I may wait on WTCS because I love it and I can‘t give it my full attention. This is all I read in April, the Achebe being the best. I also enjoyed The Golden Hour, but was not impressed with the Genova book. Hoping for a much more productive May!
#AprilReads

JanuarieTimewalker13 It happens. I‘m slogging through Bag of Bones, and I also feel like I‘m totally unmotivated in other areas of life. I feel like it could be bc here in NJ, it seems as though Spring is on hold. So I‘ve put my whole life on hold. Strange. (edited) 5mo
Bklover @JanuarieTimewalker13 Hopefully we can both drag ourselves out of our slumps. I‘m also having trouble staying motivated in other areas- hopefully this won‘t last!!! 💚💚 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Well, I have lavender nails now, so I‘m pushing myself to #BelieveinSpring lol 🌷🌼🌸🌹 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did good! 📖💖 5mo
dariazeoli I hope your slump is short-lived! ❤️ 5mo
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Bklover
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I‘m not sure how I missed this one all these years. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj I really need to read this. Has been on my tbr since forever. 5mo
gradcat @Naj Ditto. I know it‘s on some TBR of mine—not sure if it‘s Litsy, but I need to get it. 5mo
Marilyncjackson This book changes my life. It changes the way I saw some things and thought about things. Granted I had a really good professor go through it with us, but still excellent book. 5mo
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Bklover @Naj @gradcat Definitely read this one! 5mo
Bklover @Marilyncjackson I know what you mean. I couldn‘t begin to review this one- I just don‘t have the words. 5mo
Marilyncjackson @Bklover ❤️ that‘s all I can say ❤️ 5mo
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Rachbb3
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Wow. This is such a powerful little book. I was completely immersed in the culture of the Igbo. It took some setting aside of my own beliefs and traditions to really appreciate Okonkwo's character and ways, but it was worth it.

#Booked2019 (Indigenous author)
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Wonderful choice!! I read this a few years back when my son was assigned this book for school. Very powerful story. I definitely appreciated the book more than my son 😂 5mo
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Kenziejo
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Reading this one for a class. 😬

CoffeeK8 I remember reading this freshman year of college, it was so amazing! 6mo
Kenziejo @CoffeeK8 I‘m really enjoying it! I keep catching myself reading ahead. 🙈 5mo
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Nute
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I can only express sorrow that I did not read this book at a much sooner juncture in my life. I can only express a deeper and more profound sorrow for the implications of this novel: a strong African tribe/community deeply rooted in tradition, stabilized with an internal way-of-things, flourishing with a sense of pride is undone in a matter of a few years, because someone comes in and says, “You are savage and uncivilized. We know who 👇🏽

Nute and what you should be. We know better ways and those ways are superior to your primitive thoughts and actions. We don‘t understand you. We call you brother in the presence of God, but we really don‘t like you. You must see that we are right...that we are above you. You must know that we are here to save you from your successful government, from your long-standing traditions, from your longevity, from your sense of pride.👇🏽 (edited) 6mo
Nute We are here to save you from yourself. Why? Because we don‘t get you. You frightened us. We don‘t need to try to understand or learn about you. We just need to fix you!”👇🏽
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Nute Don‘t get me wrong...there are some real problems with Okonkwo and the marginalization of women. It was tough to think “ Let these people be.” My thoughts were everywhere, but finally concluded...leave it to the dichotomy of order and chaos, either things will fall apart or things will fall together. Highly recommended!
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dawn-pInk The whole trilogy is brilliant! Highly recommend the other two if you haven‘t read :) 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one‘s been on my list for years too, I really need to read it soon. 6mo
Leftcoastzen Wonderful review! I am embarrassed to say I have not read it. 6mo
Parvez Great review 6mo
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For the #schoolsout prompt, I decided to see the summer reading requirements for my district. This was Honors English 10 for last summer. It was the only list that wasn‘t a. A long list of books to choose from or b. Free reign, wherein the student gets to choose any book.

Summer reading lists always fascinate me, and I like it when there are at least some parameters set. A list is even better! #marchintothe70s

Cinfhen Well played!!! I always LOVED the required summer reading lists!!! My kids obviously HATED IT but I would head over to Border‘s with such determination and purpose!!! I was armed with that list and I was unstoppable 😁 of course, I‘d read every book and my kids read zero😂 6mo
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farrahkohn
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This is the first book this semester for my “Textual Analysis” class. Read it in High School once, but that was two decades ago, so re-reading!

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goodbyefrancie
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Current nightstand status: four kindles and five books. Makes me happy! 😍😄📚📚 You know, just in case I run out of things to read.

dawn-pInk I loved Things Fall Apart! So excited for you to read it. If you like it, I highly recommend reading the whole trilogy. 8mo
erinreads Four Kindles! 😂 8mo
goodbyefrancie @erinreads I know! I read different kindled depending on where I am or what I'm doing. My husband has four, too. 🤦‍♀️ 8mo
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amycollard
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Such a short but powerful book. We are dropped into a pre-colonial Igbo tribe (modern day Nigeria?) and through the life of the main character Onkonkwo we become fully immersed in the culture, traditions and every day lives of these people. Of course we have an uneasy feeling that it will not end well, and 3/4 in when the first white men arrive that feeling intensifies. The writing is simple, but the story is complex and forces you to think.

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LaComtesseJamie
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This was such a serious omission in my reading. I‘m glad I finally got to it, and it was enjoyable and important but at the same time I liked the idea better than the execution. So much felt glazed over and interesting plots and characters were completely dropped. Definitely a must read even if it wasn‘t my all time favorite.

Ceratina It‘s been a very long time since I read this but I remember liking it, even though I thought it was pretty depressing. It‘d be worth revisiting now that I‘ve seen more of the world; I bet I‘d have a somewhat different understanding of the story. Have you read “The Colonel Has No One to Write Him” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez? For some reason I‘m doing a free association between the two titles... 8mo
LaComtesseJamie It‘s been years since I read No One Writes to the Colonel, but i remember really liking it. I ♥️ Marquez... 8mo
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JLaurenceCohen
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Barack Obama's recommendations

BookishMarginalia Love this! 8mo
LauraBeth 😍😍 8mo
jessinikkip Love it!! 8mo
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DoonTheGoon This is awesome. Somehow I doubt the current President is a reader... 😬 8mo
JLaurenceCohen @DoonTheGoon he is functionally illiterate, yet one day he will have his name on a LIBRARY 8mo
DoonTheGoon @JLaurenceCohen 😡😡😡 8mo
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smccallum
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Amazing read. Powerful, surprising and short enough to read in a sitting or two. I found this whole book rather mesmeric and would highly recommended.

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smccallum
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And just like that I‘ve landed in America for a well deserved break 😂 kicking off the books with this which I picked up at the airport and I‘m going to try and update a load of reviews from last month before I got too busy to post them! Hope all littens are enjoying the new year!✊🏻

Dragon Happy New Year 🥳 8mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year! 🎆 8mo
Maria514626 This book is amazing! 8mo
smccallum @Maria514626 you are completely right! 8mo
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CogsOfEncouragement
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Here is what I enjoyed most in 2018:

fiction - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
memoir - Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
series- Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
audio book - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
kids - Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
#audiomemoir
#bedtimebookclub

JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 9mo
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We were amused at his foolishness yet allowed him to stay.

RaimeyGallant Nice quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌟😊 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 9mo
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 9mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
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ladybrightscales
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You see? THIS is exactly why colonialism is a bad thing!!!!

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Krisjericho
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New game! Let‘s stick with books (rather than movies or TV shows) for your character choices, and tag me in your response so I can see it. This was ridiculously difficult, but here‘s mine:
1. Anne Shirley
2. Hermione Granger
3. Matilda Wormwood
4. Scout Finch
5. Jane Eyre
6. Shadow Moon
7. Lilith
8. Fitzwilliam Darcy
9. Ekwefi
10. Tyrion Lannister
#fictionaldinnerparty

JaclynW Fun! I like your choices. I'm going to have to think about this for a minute and get back to you. 🤔🤔🤔 11mo
tournevis Mr. Darcy will get eaten alive by this group! 11mo
tournevis And Tyryon will try to bed all of them. 11mo
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Colethulu
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Trying to start Achebe‘s Things Fall Apart, but a cat burglar stole my book. #CurrentlyReading #catsoflitsy

gobecauseyoucan In true cat style 😀😺 12mo
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Readage
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1. Fall 🍁🍂
2. Pumpkin cheesecake or pie
3. Hayride
4. No but I'd like to 🍎
5. Pumpkin spice but let's not go crazy with it

#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

I enjoyed this Fall Edition 😉

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🍎🌻🍁 12mo
Readage @wanderinglynn Thanks for hosting!! 12mo
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GhostStories
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Told in a direct style w/o a lot of trimmings, this is a tightly-built story. The MC isn‘t a likeable hero: he is insecure, violent, arrogant, and this grounds the book in reality. But he loves his tribe. Easy to mistake the simple style as telling a simple story, but there is a lot at work here. We see how the marginalized leave for the promise of peace and equality. Pictured: Cameroon mask used to protect the community from evil manipulations.

Bookwomble I had the same feeling about Okonkwo. Not likeable, but feels like a real person. [That mask is incredible!] 12mo
GhostStories @Bookwomble Yeah, I had a lot of trouble in the beginning with my feelings about Okonkwo, and the way the women were treated. But the marginalization of women and men who weren‘t “warriors” or ambitious etc is part of why things fell apart, right? [isn‘t it? It was used by sorcerers to protect from/find-and-destroy shape-shifting witches!] (edited) 12mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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I‘m trying to concentrate on reading what is on my shelves. I only have 2 books currently on hold at the library instead of 12. I have so many good books right at home!

Reviewsbylola This one is really good. I read it for a college course. 14mo
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dawn-pInk
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The setting wasn‘t rich nor overly explained, but gave me a sense of unaware familiarity. The characters are given a solid existence and souls. Most of the book is used to cement the everyday, cleverly sprinkling foreshadowing of the horrible things to come disguised as usual life events. Voice was simple, well structured and paced for easy digestion. 5 stars.

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MatchlessMarie
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I made it to 24 hours! 🎉 I just might keep going because I really want to finish my stack. But for now, it‘s time to relax and take a s‘mores break. #24in48

DGRachel Congrats! 14mo
C.Perone Congrats!👍 14mo
Pamwurtzler Congratulations! 14mo
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xicanti S'mores breaks are totally the best way to celebrate. 14mo
vivastory Congratulations! 📚🤘🎉👍 14mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 🎉👏🏻🎉👏🏻🎉👏🏻 (edited) 14mo
Merethebookgal Awesome! 14mo
JoScho 💖🎉💖🎉💖 14mo
24in48 Hurray!! 🎉👏🎉👏 14mo
robinb 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏👏 14mo
GondorGirl You deserve the break! Great job! 14mo
Mollyanna Congratulations! 🎉🍾🎉 14mo
Reggie Woohoo!!! 14mo
AnneCecilie Congrats 🎉 14mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 14mo
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dawn-pInk
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Loving this story. Half way through and still trying to collect all the strings. Can‘t wait to get through the whole trilogy. Wish I didn‘t have so much to do today; it would be easy to finish.

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BarbaraJean
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For the Hour 12 #24in48 challenge: a book that has expanded my worldview/changed the way see something. I read Things Fall Apart for an English seminar class that focused on “crossing boundaries.” It made me re-examine the way Christians do “missions,” and specifically opened my eyes to how Western Christians assume their values are superior. I hadn‘t thought to question this before, and Achebe made me do so. ⤵️

BarbaraJean Both this book and Kingsolver‘s Poisonwood Bible fundamentally adjusted the way I approached other cultures, and the assumptions I had about my own faith. 14mo
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Blueberry
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I just posted this the other day for another tag but will post it again as it fits.

#crimesagainstcovers @ErinSueG

ErinSueMreads Poor book!!!! That thing has been well loved! What book is it 14mo
Blueberry @ErinSueG The Hiding Place 14mo
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“He had already chosen the title of the book, after much thought: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger”

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Julsmarshall
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President Obama‘s reading list for this year! #missmypresident #literaryleader

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MallenNC
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A new book recommendation list from President Barack Obama. Saving it here for myself! I've read some of these already.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Your posted book from the list is also on The Great American Read list. 1y
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! I remember Sarah Jessica Parker sharing it as her favorite on the kickoff show. (edited) 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Me too, because after that I added it to my to read list. 1y
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plaidchuck
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Today's book store haul! #imayhaveaproblem #booksbooksmorebooks

BookishMarginalia Good haul! Enjoy! 1y
MStew 🤘🤘🤘 13mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m not sure ‘enjoyed‘ is the correct word, but I was very invested in this 60-year-old story of pre-colonial Africa and what happened when Europeans began to arrive on the scene. While it‘s hard to like Okonkwo and some of the elements of Igbo culture as depicted here, it‘s impossible not to feel heartbroken as the arrival of white missionaries begins to destroy a culture and way of life. Achebe‘s writing is masterful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Sweettartlaura Unpopular opinion time: I hate this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
sprainedbrain @Sweettartlaura I don‘t think that‘s an unpopular opinion at all... I was just perusing the Goodreads reviews and it appears lots of people feel the same as you. To each their own! 1y
Sweettartlaura Really? Phew 😜. Are you going to complete the trilogy? 1y
sprainedbrain @Sweettartlaura I guess that depends on how serious I am about finishing the 1001 books list... the third book is on the list, but not the second? 🤔 I really didn‘t get in to this book until more than halfway through, so I‘m in no rush. Lol 1y
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sprainedbrain
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I actually managed to do an entire month‘s photo challenge last month, so I‘m going to try again in July with #ReadingResolutions by the lovely @Jess7 😃

Here‘s the part of my #JulyTBR (that fits in the picture). There are more, but this seems plenty ambitious. 😳

I‘m on vacation for the next 7 days, and with the readathon later this month, I should be able to make lots of progress!

tammysue A wonderful July line-up! 👍🏻 1y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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good start to summer
#GreatReadPBS

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CogsOfEncouragement
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My daughter read this book for her English class a few months ago. I meant to read it then, but didn‘t make the time. I saw this on the #GreatReadPBS list and decided I really should read it without more delay.
The insight and understanding revealed make this a must-read. It certainly deserves a spot on that list.

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wizard-rachel
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This was my pick for the @bookriot #readharder challenge for a novel of colonial or postcolonial literature. (Also a pick for my personal challenge of re-reading assigned books from English classes in high school.) This is a beautiful, sad book and I think everyone should read it.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Found this little gem at a thrift shop today during our travels to Southport, N.C. I never buy books (librarian!) but this one I couldn‘t resist because it looks brand new and it‘s on the #pbsgreatamericanread ...plus, it was only 25 cents!! #gar #pbs #minibookhaul

Melwilk I read it for a college class, and I loved it. 1y
Texreader 25 cents? Hard to pass up!! 1y
Chelsea.Poole @Melwilk nice! I hope I click with it as much as others have! @texreader it was! That‘s why it came home with me! 1y
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collegecatlady This is one of my all time favorites 1y
Cortg I didn‘t enjoy reading but after finishing it, I‘m really glad I read it. 1y
Chelsea.Poole @collegecatlady it‘s definitely on my list! Glad to hear it‘s a favorite!! @Cortg I was afraid it may be that kind of book. 1y
Cortg You might love it! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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erinreads
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“I‘m sorry, were you reading this?” #KAL #kingcyress #catsoflitsy #catsy

rubyslippersreads “Because you must stop reading and pet me.” 😹 1y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 1y
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overtheedge
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The culture....the religion...the religion of culture. The culture of religion. The humanity of all people and beliefs....This hit me on so many levels, I'm unsure how to describe it. I totally enjoyed reading about the African cult in Nigeria, and it's native beliefs. Until the white Christians arrived......

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"...The white man is very clever. He came quickly 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 hold us together and we have fallen apart."

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# 6 of 100 Classic Challenge

RJHowe Absolutely love this book since I read it decades ago. African authors can be so underrated and bring a vibrant new perspective. You might also want to consider God's Bits of Wood. Please share how you enjoy this one. 1y
overtheedge @RJHowe : I have been looking forward to this! I totally agree about African authors, and hope to find more to read. I will look for Gods Bits of Wood. Any others you would suggest? I will definitely post a review! 1y
RJHowe I will put my mind to it for you. Although not an African author the powerful spiritual style of Nalo Hopkinson is not to be missed. 1y
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Traci1
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#GARthoughts
I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts about The GAR after last night's episode.

1. 41
2. There were several, but especially the tagged book.
3. Harry Potter, Outlander, Jurassic Park, The Stand, GoT, LotR, Hunger Games, The Martian, Pillars of the Earth

I can't wait to see what all of your thoughts are. 😊

everlocalwest I've read 59 and because I love a book list I really want to complete the list by summer's end, but considering some of my unread titles are War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Lonesome Dove, and Moby Dick...I don't think I'd make it if I tried! There are a ton on the list that I really want to read, but none that weren't already on my TBR. Def voting for Invisible Man, Confederacy of Dunces, 100 Years of Solitude, Color Purple, Anne... 1y
Traci1 @everlocalwest I figure it would take me at least a couple of years to get through all of them. And honestly there are a few I don't really care about getting through, so I doubt I'll ever reach the full 100. 1y
everlocalwest There are definitely a few I'm not really interested in and one that didn't get a big highlight last night that I had never heard of, Mind Invaders...and it has been out of print for like ten years. 1y
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Traci1 @everlocalwest I hadn't heard of that one either. I know people were surprised by the selections like 50 Shades, but I was honestly more surprised by the 3 or 4 I had never heard of. 1y
Areader2 If you go on pbs.org/great American read, it explains the process of picking the books,one of my all time favorites made the list 1y
Traci1 @Areader2 Owen Meany was another one that the show made me want to read more than I did. So many of these I have heard of all my life but had no clue what they were about, like Owen Meany. 1y
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Ingridelaine82
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It‘s time that I started reading through my bookshelf. I‘ve had this one a few years (thanks mom!) and just now started it. Hoping for great things ❤️

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JKat
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Powerful, tragic, stinging, illuminating.

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Lcsmcat
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An amazing novel that immersed me in a culture I knew little about, with strong and tragic characters that will stay with me for a long time. #100essentialnovels #GARbingo

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