Thursday, April 17, 2014

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of the many joys of Spring Break is being able to get up and read a book and drink a cup of coffee with absolutely no place to go....

So, with this time to read, I finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

I was first introduced to Chimamanda through her Ted talk, and then I read her novel Half of a Yellow Sun. I was completely captivated by both, and I knew that I wanted to read more things that were written by Chimamanda. Check out the blog post and Ted Talk here!

Americanah is a novel about a Nigerian girl, Ifemelu, who moves to American to attend college. She finishes college, has two good relationship, and writes a blog that earns her lots of money and makes her well-known. However, after much thought, Ifemelu decides to move back to Nigeria.

Chimamanda tells a great story, and she touches on many things such as hair braiding shops, immigration, the desire to fit into a new culture, the election of President Barack Obama, how Africans feel about African Americans, love, class within Nigeria, the complexity of moving back to ones native country and so on....At times, I felt that there was an overkill of topics that did not necessary take away from the story line but did not exactly add to the story line either.

Reading this book, I thought a lot about taking a journey, and this theme has come up quite often in a lot of the readings that I have been doing this school year. And, like many other characters in literature, Ifemelu was forced to take a journey in order to grow.

I wonder if God is trying to send me some kind of message....Hmmmmmm

This is a book that I think you should add to your listing if for no other reason besides the fact that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a hot topic right now.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My next read is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.. Consider joining me!


Ericamargaret5 said...

Hi Jackie!

Sarah C. also really loves Adichie. You guys could have a mini book club meeting! Also, what journey are you thinking of going on? HMMMMMMMM!

Jacqueline said...

Erica, I am not planning to take a journey, but I am wondering if I need to take one....Maybe, I'll become a famous blogger and travel the world doing in search of something.....HMMMMMMM

ArchivedProfile said...

This is a book that people are absolutely crazy about. I started reading it and had to keep putting it down. I was enjoying it, but I just kept putting it down. I don't know. Maybe it was bad timing. I'm a mood reader. I want to read it before the movie though!

Jacqueline said...

It was good, but I do think that she covered a lot with this, maybe even to much!

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