by Lyn Bigelow, Davis Senior High School

Introduction

We will be reading Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apartfor the next few weeks. As an introduction, we're going to use the Web to delve deeply into the novel's historical, geographical, cultural, and biographical context, and to become experts in our chosen fields of research.  Being aware of the novel's background will not only support our understanding about what we are reading, but will also help us better understand the cultural contexts of our own lives and stories.