Chinua Achebe's modern classic Things Fall Apart portrays the clash of two cultures, and the fall of a powerful Nigerian man resisting the incursions of Europeans near the end of the nineteenth century. Rejecting the legacy of his father, whom he considers weak, Okonkwo shores up his wealth and reputation through farming and wrestling. A murder results in Okonkwo's adopting a boy named Ikemefuna, whom he loves even more than his own son, Nwoye. When the tribe insists that Ikemefuna be sacrificed, Okonkwo commits the killing himself, disgusting Nwoye. Later, Okonkwo accidently kills a boy, and is exiled for seven years. During this time, he hears of white missionaries arriving to convert his people, the Igbo. His own son converts to Christianity, horrifying Okonkwo. When his clan will not agree to fight the white government officials, even though they have held Igbo leaders for ransom, proud Okonkwo hangs himself in protest. A compelling novel of African history, and the forces that shaped the continent in the modern era, Achebe’s novel is essential reading for high school students.