Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is the story of young lovers Ifemelu and Obinze who meet as teenagers growing up in Nigeria. They form an instant bond, but when Ifemelu moves to America, Obinze is unable to go with her. He eventually moves to England where he stays as an illegal immigrant. While their lives are separate, they face many of the same hardships as they encounter issues of race for the first time and seek to find their identities.
This being said, the writing veered from gorgeous to being forced.
Overall, I enjoyed the plot and it was easy to follow even though she bounces around the timeline. The whole thing was just interesting and not captivating or spell-binding.
This reviewer from Goodreads put it well: Sometimes I felt like she took opportunities to deliver mini lectures to the readers under the guise of the story or a blog post.
The beginning was a bit slow for me. She would wax on endlessly about things like peacocks or Obama and then zip through things that could have been really important like a suicide attempt, the death of a lover, a failed attempt at marriage.
She would waste a plot twist by simply springing it onto the reader and moving on quickly — and then she would dedicate paragraphs on things like hair. It felt like the story itself took a backseat to racial observations at times.
She nailed the experience, from students spending the whole lecture droning on meaninglessly and wasting time. American students have a knack for saying nothing by saying a whole lot. Even the part about children talking about their feelings when they should already know how to spell and do division is spot on.
I say this having had an American university education at the undergrad level and I can compare it to having received my post-graduate degree in the UK. The US needs to drastically step up their game when it comes to education.
The relationship between the US and UK was also interesting and relatable to me. Obinze notes that what happens in America is on the front page of British newspapers but what happens in England is barely mentioned in American news. She has a tendency to use people and then drop them like flies.
All the men in her life improve her, Obinze makes her read more and go to the US, Curt makes her happier and go on adventures and laugh, Blaine made her eat healthy and work out. What did she do for them?
She annoys me so much — she left all of them abruptly and broke their hearts.Nov 20, · The author of the critically acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus presents her newest novel Americanah, a story of love and race centered around a .
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Friends are dress shopping in the novel "Americanah"; when they get to the register, the cashier asks which of two saleswomen helped them, but they're not sure. `A brilliant novel: epic in scope, personal in resonance and with lots to say' Elizabeth Day, Observer `A delicious, important novel from a writer with a great deal to say' The Times Subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches' Alex Clark, Guardian `A tour de force.
This is just a preview. The entire section has words. Click below to download the full study guide for Americanah. Jan 24, · #Americanah #Chimamanda This is merely a series of scenes chosen from the brilliant book, Americanah which was written by the incomparable Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.