Americanah Mobi í 477 pages ↠ Chimamanda ngozi adichie

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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 succes In Nigeria we are brought up on foreign movies sitcoms and TV shows foreign books and foreign news We know how English should be spoken and many of us who bother to read a lot are very familiar with the collouialisms of the westThis is perhaps why we do not recognize how much we miss our own particularly Nigerian way of expression in the literature we read It is perhaps why when we read a phrase that is essentially Nigerian in a novel like Americanah “Tina Tina how now?” “Why are you looking like a mumu?” “How will you copehow are you coping?” All of them familiar Nigerian modes of speech we are infinitely gratefulI am probably biased towards this novel Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie not only because Adichie’s first novel Purple Hibiscus which I read as a very young girl awoke in me the possibility of good writing and beautiful prose by a Nigerian like me but because of the familiarity of the bookIt’s like the word Americanah such a Nigerian word used to describe someone who had lived abroad for so long they no longer understand the nuances of being Nigerian They use American swearwords or complain that the fries at KFC Onikan are limp even though you see nothing wrong with them This is when you turn to someone who understands and say No mind am na Americanah Don’t mind him he is an AmericanahAdichie’s latest follows Ifemelu a bright sharp and observant girl from her early years in 1990’s Nigeria to a life in America where after the first rude shocks of culture change in a new world where ‘fat’ is a bad word and not merely a statement of fact where colour is such a big issue that it can rule people’s lives and where everything is different she slowly and surely starts to become an AmericanahIn Americanah Ifemelu observes and we are informed by her observations she converses and we see her character she remembers and in her memories we see a rich story that begins in Lagos journeys through the cities of America and gains a body that is beautiful to savour It is through Ifemelu’s observations that we experience what Americanah is aboutHair Specifically BlackAfrican hair Why do black women hide their hair? Would Beyonce ever allow the world to see her hair the way it really is or would Michelle Obama? These are the uestions Ifemelu asks in her blog where after having lived in the United States for a long time she broaches issues of race hair and life in America from the eyes of a ‘Non American Black’We experience race Kimberley the white woman who uses beautiful as a word to describe ‘black’ because for whichever reason black is a word that should be said as little as possible Kurt to whom Ifemelu’s race means nothing and Blaine the Black American Yale professor whose influence in my opinion would be the biggest in turning Ifemelu’s observations from the disinterested and amused observation of a ‘Non American Black’ or ‘NAB’ who calmly tells Kimberly “You know you can just say ‘black’ Not every black person is beautiful” to those of an ‘American Black’ or ‘AB’ who would say in her blog “If the “slavery was so long ago” thing comes up have

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AmericanahS she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time uiet thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her but with post 911 America closed to him he instead plu Americanah is a love story not the kind of love stories I grew up reading those with really beautiful women and handsome tall guys In fact the lovers in this one aren’t too attractive but their love is Their love is beautiful but then it is tried beaten stretched yet it endures and gets strongerOkay love aside Americanah deals on the subject of race and hair You may wonder how hair could be an issue but it is in this book The book begins in a hairdresser shop where Ifemelu goes to make her hair for her return journey to Nigeria There she muses on her decision to go back home and then in Adichie’s well known style the narrative jumps back in time and we are transported to Ifemelu’s teenage years We see her as a girl with strong opinions and who isn’t afraid of saying what’s on her mind a trait which she always gets rebuked for especially by her elders She meets Obinze in her secondary school and they fall in love The narrative follows them through their secondary school to their university days where things begin to fall apart University lecturers are freuently striking because the military government delays their salaries This forces students to remain at home with nothing to do And then people begin to travel out of the country in search for greener pastures and for better education Ifemelu grabs the opportunity when it is presented to her and she goes to America to study while Obinze hopes to join her laterWhile in America Ifemelu notices something she has never thought about before – race and she would later say “We all wish race was not an issue But it’s a lie I came from a country where race was not an issue I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America The issue of and racism makes her start a blog Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks Those Formerly Known as Negroes by a Non American BlackI loved the blog posts that appeared from time to time a good innovation which left me marveled I’ve never read any novel where this was done and I found it impressive not just because of the concept but because it doesn’t distract you from the main story although it makes you think and wonder and you can’t help but mark some of the posts so you could visit them laterI enjoyed this book There were funny scenes where I couldn’t stop myself from laughing And the dialogue is good; it felt so real and I could identify with it especially in the Nigerian settings I loved Adichie’s descriptions of Lagos London and all the American cities where Ifemelu sojourned Even the character descriptions sometimes funny create solid images in the head And the writing is superbAmericanah has a large cast of memorable characters There’s the younger and older version of Ifemelu and Obinze; Obinze’s mother one of the coolest fictional mother I’ve ever read; Ifemelu’s Dad who uses big vocabulary and doesn’t hesitate in blaming the government for his misfortunes; Ifemelu’s mother devoted to religion and isn’t rational in her thinking sometimes Then there’s Aunty Uju and her son Dike; Blaine Ifemelu’s African American boyfriend who she refers to as “

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Americanah Mobi í 477 pages ↠ Chimamanda ngozi adichie ↠ ❰Reading❯ ➹ Americanah Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 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 despiteNges into a dangerous undocumented life in London Fifteen years later they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion for each other and for their homelan Warning I love being part of the crowd and the crowd is mostly all gushy about this book But seriously I wish I had walked away from it I really wanted to like it I really did This was the longest book of my life 610 Kindle pages that felt like 1000 I would be reading along and thinking oh I’m a little bored let’s see how far I’ve gottenand I’d look down at the bottom of my Kindle page and see that the progress bar hadn’t moved an iota 17 percent really? I’ve read all that and all you can give me is 17 percent?? Now the mere fact that I was looking at my progress instead of compulsively turning pages tells you something The thing was just too damn long A tome a giant a big bloated blob Cut it in half and you might have a deal Ah where oh where are my editing scissors?When I first started I was impressed Well drawn complex characters Impeccable language Structurally sound Keen insights into personalities All good I didn’t feel this way for longAnother plus one that I’m only enjoying in retrospect is the way the author so clearly shows the cultural differences between Nigeria and America Adichie is super deft at zooming in on all the bumps that Ifemelu the main character feels as she lives as an immigrant in America She must deal with the black and white conflict and also the African versus black American issue Through all the confusion and attempts to fit in Ifemelu faces tough differences in language habits viewpoints and emotions Ifemelu was sort of snobby and wasn’t entirely likable but I still believed her and felt for her I usually like analyzing and dissecting a person’s actions motivations denials fears and introspection but here it was definitely overkill Adichie also did a good job of giving us a feel for life in Nigeria; that was the part I liked best But all of it was painfully painfully slowI’m dancing around the worst thing it’s a message book and I have trouble with preachy The second half was the worst Not only did Adichie go overboard with the lectures on racism she also included a lot of very boring blog posts on racism The sophomoric lectures put forth obvious ideas and it annoyed me I didn’t sign up to be a student in Racism 101And then there’s the thing about hair On the plus side Ifemelu’s obsession with all her hair problems was sometimes funny sometimes sad but always engaging On the minus side of hair Ifemelu seemed to be too much of an intellectual to be so concerned with how her hair looked Was that a superficial side of her and was it believable or is it just a truth about humans?—that we all worry about our appearance regardless of whether we are intellectuals or not And we all know that obsessing about how our hair looks is mostly a girl thing so is it bad press for women? The love story though poignant was way too drawn out It was the best part but the shortest part The last 50 or so pages when the story heats up the most were the best I wanted a plot driven novel about two star crossed lovers and it was far from thatI can’t recommend this book even though I want to This kills me since so many friends absolutely loved it I must be honest I never looked