Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First of all, I like the writing style. It's characterized as "uniquely African", which I take to mean that it's straightforward and uses parables to teach lessons. Okonkwe has spent his life rejecting all things soft, and striving to be brave and stoic. Again and again, his unwillingness to compromise or concede turns out badly. It's tragic because you want to like him, but he comes off as such a jerk to the other characters.