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review 2017-06-23 17:22
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

She knew that the people who read her blog were not the same people who attended her diversity workshops. During her talks, she said: “America has made great progress for which we should be very proud.” In her blog she wrote: Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.

 

This quote is just one of the great insights into race relations that the protagonist, Ifemelu, posted on her blog, written primarily for the non-American black, which she herself is, having come to the US from Nigeria.

 

The novel begins with Ifemelu thinking about her blog when on the way to a hair appointment. I mention the hair appointment because hair is a theme that runs throughout the narrative. It’s a metaphor for the life of a black immigrant in America and a surprisingly good one. It highlighted the lengths that are sometimes necessary for people to go to to fit in and be accepted.

 

At its core this novel is a love story, although not a typical one. The narrative moves back and forward through time describing Ifemelu’s adolescence in Nigeria and her developing relationship with Obinze, a boy she meets locally. Her family, friends and other’s occupy more than just a guest spot. They’re expertly described and add to this rich narrative.

 

This novel isn’t just a story about Ifemeu but also charts the early life of Obinze, her soon-to-be boyfriend. Granted, there are more chapters from the POV of Ifemelu, but we get a fair amount told by Obinze, which brought authenticity and objectiveness to the novel.

 

For me this book was as close to perfect as it’s possible to get in a novel. The prose flowed in a way that made it a joy to read and the characters were written with such expertise that regardless of fault I fell in love with them.

 

I plan to read everything I can get my hands on from this author and highly recommend that you do the same.

 

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text 2017-06-20 18:52
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text 2017-06-16 20:06
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It's taken a while, but I'm finally finished. Perfection. I loved it.

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text 2017-06-10 20:55
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I've been totally caught up with everything political that's been happening in the U.K recently and only got back to this today. I'm still loving it and am in awe of the author. I predict I'll be going on a binge of her work after I finish this one.

 

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review 2017-06-09 02:35
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With all the shit going on in the world, this should be required reading. It's not that long and can be easily read in an evening. Written in first person, this is a letter to a friend by the author. She gives suggestions for raising a strong, feminist girl (and these suggestions could also be used to raise feminist boys too).
Highlights:
"Share child care equally." "...you both made the choice to bring a child into the world, and the responsibility for that child belongs equally to you both." Preach.
"We judge powerful women more harshly than we judge powerful men." A good, recent example of this is Hillary Clinton and all the criticism that got thrown her way last year.
"I have kept my name because it is my name. I have kept my name because I like my name." Loved this since I didn't change my name when I got married. I got a lot of criticism for that choice too. I remember my mom saying something like, "why bother to get married?"
"Teach her that she is not merely an object to be liked or disliked, she is also a subject who can like or dislike." Growing up, it was always be nice!
"The shame we attach to female sexuality is about control. Many cultures and religions control women's bodies in one way or another."
"Teach her about difference. Make difference ordinary. Make difference normal. Teach her not t attach value to difference." I loved this one.
 
 
 

 

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