I'm okay with unlikable main characters when they are SUPPOSED to be unlikable. However, Okonkwo is supposed to be a sympathetic hero type and I just couldn't get around that. If the other, more likable, characters had bigger parts I'd have found this to be more enjoyable but Okonkwo is front and center for the whole story. The ONLY reason I finished it was because it was for a class where there were only about 6 students and there was very intense and in-depth discussion. For the record, I was not the only one who hated Okonkwo.
Why couldn't his friend be the main character? He was awesome.