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Americanah

de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I loved this all the way to the end and, then, I wanted to scream. I hate it when books just stop. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
To say that Americanah shines as a commentary on race and class is an easy statement, but what really impressed me was the scope of Adichie’s attempt in this book, and that she does keep it together to the end. Adichie manages to bring to life so many characters with diverse backgrounds. Most characters do have race in common, however their histories and backgrounds are distinct, and this is what – I think – she set herself to demonstrate.

Other reviewers complain that as a love story this book failed to grasp their interest. But the love story between the two principal characters is only a backdrop, a canvas to which she pinned a multitude of engaging stories and people: the African-American professor at Yale, the Nigerian aunt with a medical degree, the studious boy-friend in Nigeria and his experience as an illegal immigrant in London, the black teenager struggling with his own identity , the widowed University professor in Nigeria, the white liberal friends and rich white boyfriend, etc, etc… She also has “blog posts” throughout the book, in which she is able to verbalize and discuss issues of race and class that would be difficult to discuss and verbalize in other forms. So, the love story at the end seems a bit contrived, but I am willing to forgive Adichie for it.

At times I like playing this game: if a book was a painting, what painting would it be? I think it would be a large graffiti canvas by the Brazilian artists Os Gemeos Something from their earlier works, where the social commentary was obvious and yet portrayed in a candid and truthful manner.




I cannot recommend it enough. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I love everything about this book. I'm very impressed with the ending. Ifemelu is a very interesting and likable character. She is flawed but honest. A successful novel encapsulates the reader in the written world and Americanah does just that. Fascinating to read about exotic places and even domestic places through the eyes of an immigrant. The story itself is just plain good too, especially the framing love story. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Americanah relates the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two young adults growing up in Nigeria. They are in love and plan to flee the military-ruled country together. However, only Ifemelu gets a visa for the United States. Obinze, on the other hand, has to wait and re-apply time and again only to find himself able to escape Nigeria to the UK, where he leads the life of an undocumented immigrant. He is in constant fear of being caught, cannot really take all the jobs he wants and eventually he is detained and has to return back home to Nigeria. While Obinze sets up a new life in Nigeria and becomes very successful, Ifemelu has to deal with her own problems in the US so that the two of them do not stay in touch. Ifemelu finally makes a living with a blog about being Black in the United States and has a few relationships she always ends before they become too serious. Eventually, she wants to escape the life she has made for herself in the US and takes a job as an editor with a Nigerian magazine. After fifteen years abroad, Ifemelu returns home and meets up with Obinze again. Obinze is married now and has a family, but there is still a spark between the two. What will the future hold for them? Will they become a couple again? Will they become friends? Can they re-ignite their former passion for one another?

Adichie's novel is as much about the relationship between Ifemelu and Obinze as it is about so many other underlying issues that shape their lives. There is the issue of emigration to another country because of the dire situation in their homeland, there are the issues of living life as an undocumented immigrant, there is the issue of being Black in the US (which is further divided into American Black and Non-American Black) and eventually there is the way you are treated in your home country upon returning as an 'Americanah'. The novel explores how to deal with the hard decisions you have to make in your life that are amplified by the underlying question of identity.

On the whole, I liked Americanah a lot, both for the relationship between Ifemelu and Obinze which kept me wanting to see how it all turns out in the end as well as for the underlying issues the novel explores. 4 stars. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Mar 29, 2021 |
3.5*
I wanted to love this book after hearing so much about it from so many people. Maybe I had it hyped up in my head a little too much, because this didn't live up to the hype for me. This book hit on so many great topics about race, feminism, what it means to be a foreigner in the U.S., and so many more topics. However, it also felt like it also wanted to tell the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, but it didn't handle both very well. Today, I also finished reading Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman, and while that book was a story about hockey with lots of subplots running throughout the story, it also dealt with heavy topics of rape, PTSD, LGBTQ, as well as others. That book interwove the topics so well into the main plot that it naturally felt like part of the story. In Americanah, the heavy topics didn't feel as naturally woven into the story which left the chapters feeling more like vignettes. I enjoyed hearing about the day to day experiences of the main characters, but really couldn't have cared less if they ended up together. Because of this, the novel also felt overly long. Certain sections felt over written and like an editor should have taken out several chunks to shorten this up by about 50 pages or so. I learned a lot through reading this book and enjoyed those sections the most, but wish that this could have been formatted a little differently, or shortened up to make the plot about the main characters a little more concise. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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The stories have shifted, too. Nowadays, there’s little angsting about national identity in a post-colonial context or, for that matter, over catastrophe and want. Instead, a bevy of young Africans are shaping the future of fiction, reportage and critique on their continent, and perhaps well beyond.

“It’s beyond an evolution — it’s a revolution,” says Nigerian-American Ikhide Ikheloa, a critic and prominent observer of the scene.

It may have begun in 2003, when Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published — and not just by an American publisher but by a Nigerian one, too. By now, Adichie is the still-young doyenne of the contemporary African lit scene. Her recent novel, Americanah, found a perch on the New York Times list of top 10 novels of 2013 — just weeks before Beyoncé sampled one of Adichie’s TED talks on her new album.

Read more: Printed in Africa | Fast forward | OZY
adicionado por elwetritsche | editarOzy, Pooja Bhatia (Jan 31, 2014)
 
But what makes the book such a good read—despite an anticlimactic ending—is that it's not meant as a cultural criticism, but more as a series of rich observations.
adicionado por WeeklyAlibi | editarWeekly Alibi, Mark Lopez (Jul 4, 2013)
 
“Americanah” examines blackness in America, Nigeria and Britain, but it’s also a steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience — a platitude made fresh by the accuracy of Adichie’s observations.
adicionado por ozzer | editarNew York Times, MIKE PEED (Jun 7, 2013)
 

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This book is for our next generation, nda na-abia n'iru: Toks, Chisom, Amaka,

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...her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out.
How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives that we have imagined.
She was taking two sides at once, to please everyone; she always chose peace over truth, was always eager to conform.
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She liked how he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt. Sometimes she worried that she was too happy. She would sink into moodiness, and snap at Obinze, or be distant. And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away.
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