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Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.
- The Amazon Book Review
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is taken from her home in Lithuania by the Soviet military, along with her mother and brother. Thrown onto cattle cars with many other Lithuanians, her life changes overnight. While her train travels farther and farther away from home, she worries about the fate of her father, whom she glimpses on a separate train. Slowly, she and her traveling companions cover 6,500 miles packed tightly together, traveling north to Siberia and crossing the Arctic Circle. Lina never could have imagined that things could get worse, but when they finally arrive at their destination--a labor camp--that is exactly what happens. Forced to work in unthinkably cruel conditions for a single piece of bread each day, Lina fights with the others to survive, and finds an outlet for pain in her drawing. Lina is determined to make it out alive, no matter what how hard that may be.
 
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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is taken from her home in Lithuania by the Soviet military, along with her mother and brother. Thrown onto cattle cars with many other Lithuanians, her life changes overnight. While her train travels farther and farther away from home, she worries about the fate of her father, whom she glimpses on a separate train. Slowly, she and her traveling companions cover 6,500 miles packed tightly together, traveling north to Siberia and crossing the Arctic Circle. Lina never could have imagined that things could get worse, but when they finally arrive at their destination--a labor camp--that is exactly what happens. Forced to work in unthinkably cruel conditions for a single piece of bread each day, Lina fights with the others to survive, and finds an outlet for pain in her drawing. Lina is determined to make it out alive, no matter what how hard that may be.
 
- See more at: http://www.storysnoops.com/detail.php?id=1348#sthash.txFFIXYG.dpuf

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