Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - ISBN: 978-0-307-45592-5
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. At once powerful and tender, Americanah is a remarkable novel of race, love, and identity by the award-winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Who Will Like It?
Once again we have a book that fans of multicultural and global literature will enjoy. Fans of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart will enjoy Adichie's continuing narrative of what it means to be African, as well as the lasting effects of colonialism in a post-colonialist era. Lastly, anyone interested in modern Immigration studies and commentary will enjoy reading the themes presented here. i
Things to Look Out For
- This is a longer book, so weekly readings will be quite a bit longer than usual. If you fall behind, don't get discouraged, weekly discussions will be right here waiting for you!
- The Immigrant in literature
- A particularly American brand of colonialism
- Feminism, particularly outside of the white sphere
- Post 9/11 America and its affects, particularly on xenophobia.
- Race and identity
What are Others Saying?
This novel "pulls no punches" and is blisteringly honest in its viewpoint. Be aware that you are reading a book of observations about race in America, coming from a non-American Black woman. There is a high risk of being offended at times, but remember that sometimes being offended is necessary, and, if you are white, remember that it is more often our job to listen, than it is to argue over what is or isn't the Black experience in America. The few critics I found site the need for a bit more structure, and agree that there is quite a bit going on in the novel.