While reading Things Fall Apart, I kept thinking back to One Hundred Years of Solitude. Both works portray societies crumbling under the pressure of colonialism. Just as in One Hundred Years of Solitude, the european colonists implemented themselves in the commercial culture of the village and slowly creeped into controlling all aspects of village life. The characters in both have to actively fight to save and uphold their culture and history as the oppressive colonialists destroy everything they ever held dear. Also, Things Fall Apart has some elements of magic realism that were so influential in One Hundred Years of Solitude.