Chinua Achebe: “If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.”

The New York Times
March 23, 2013
Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

Chinua Achebe

By DWIGHT GARNER

“If you don’t like someone’s story,” Chinua Achebe told The Paris Review in 1994, “write your own.”

In his first novel and masterpiece, “Things Fall Apart” (1958), Mr. Achebe, who died on Thursday at 82, did exactly that. In calm and exacting prose, he examined a tribal society fracturing under the abuses of colonialism. The novel has been assigned to generations of American high school and college students — my college dispatched a copy to me before my freshman year.

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