Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

KSh 1,050

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured— departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a  dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world.

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Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN: 978-0007356348
Country: Nigeria
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Size (cm): 13 x 3.2 x 19.7
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 274 grams
Language: English
Publication  Date: 27 Feb. 2014
  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    translasmith

    The novel is worth reading.

    Like the writer herself said in a speach. This novel “failed” in some ways.
    Race is given too much attention. In some parts of this novel, reading experience is not that enjoyable and pleasant.
    The proportion of the main ideas lack coherence. The novel touched upon American Politics, African kinky hair. They do not give the novel much light.
    Some parts are redundant, esp the areas concerning American Politics at least, also the part with Efe’s white lover. Overall, the novel can be condensed, made terse and more focused.

    Again, like Adichi said in TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story” in which she mentioned a journalist told her how to rewrite the book, it is not upon the reader to decide what type of novel we would like the author to re-write.

    Chinua Achebe wrote a preface in his newly published “Arrow of God” Penguin Edition on picking up his own favorite novel written by himself is like choosing a favorite among his own children. I wonder which book Adichi would choose when she is asked to give her answer. Maybe not Americanah.

    Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun are much better written.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and theHurston/Wright Legacy Award. The Thing Around Your Neck, her collection of stories, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in Africa. The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker