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“Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don’t then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.” CHINUA ACHEBE, author of THINGS FALL APART

Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic Chinua Achebe passed away on March 21, 2013 at age 82. He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958) — the most widely read book in modern African literature, and one of the first African novels written in English. Set in pre-colonial Nigeria in the 1890s, the book tells of the clash between colonialism and traditional Nigerian culture. (Source: Wikipedia)

From the book: “A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.”