The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for January 2014:
January’s book selection is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and this month’s film is the classic Grapes of Wrath directed by John Ford. We encourage you to explore and enjoy the 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films lists to their fullest by using them as they were designed – to read and watch one film a month for your four year college career.
Things Fall Apart is available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection, 5th Floor (Call Number: PR9387.9 .A3 T5 1992b); it’s also available from the Libraries as a Kindle e-book
First published in 1958, Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The novel carefully re-creates tribal life before the arrival of Europeans in Africa, and then details the changes brought on by the advent of colonialism and Christianity. (Goodreads)
Based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film tells the story of Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) and his Oklahoma family who, after losing their farm in the Great Depression, are forced to become migrant workers. As they travel west along Highway 66 towards California, the family faces many forms of discrimination and exploitation as well as life-threatening challenges in the migrant labor camps. Moved by his experiences in the camps, Tom devotes his life to fighting for social reform.