"Read this during a focus on postcolonial literature in my World Lit class. I've always been very interested in learning about other cultures; however, it was this class that taught me all of the history books written in the West really didn't portray those cultures in the truest sense. It was the literature from those countries, written by authors living there, that did. This book stuck out in my mind and has stayed on my top-five list along with Gathering Blue, Night, the Harry Potter series, and The Hobbit. Okonkwo's struggle to define himself on his own terms while staying true to his culture despite the encroaching Western world resonated with me — and his tragic end broke my heart. While I know my life is completely different, I read this at a time when I needed to define myself while respecting my family's values but also while refusing to let 'friends' influence very important lifestyle choices."
—Stephanie Ryan via Facebook