This is one of those books that I finished with mutual admiration and disappointment. Despite its economy in style and the author's clear involvement in his characters, I found the book difficult to stay with taking me much longer than it usually takes me to finish the slightly over 200 pages. The main issue is that the African culture Achebe writes about is so foreign to me. His main protagonist Okonowo is supposed to be sympathetic but I never bonded with him in the literary sense it takes to make a novel come alive. But while I had problems with it, I would still recommend to people for its depiction of its time and culture.