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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apartby Chinua AchebeFirst published in 1958Paperback, 224 Pages Lliterary awards Margaret Wong Memorial Prize From GoodReads.com, THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates…

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaBy Arthur GoldenNovember 22nd 2005 (first published 1997) by Vintage512 Pages5 on 5! From GoodReads.com According to Arthur Golden’s absorbing first novel, the word “geisha” does not mean “prostitute,” as Westerners ignorantly assume–it means “artisan” or “artist.” To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia–and an M.A. in English–he met a man in…

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