Americanah From the award winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun a powerful story of love race and identity As teenagers in Lagos Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship

From the award winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful story of love, race and identity.As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can The self assured Ifemelu departs for America There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the wFrom the award winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful story of love, race and identity.As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can The self assured Ifemelu departs for America There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home race Obinze had hoped to join her, but post 9 11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today s globalized world.

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  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus 2003 , Half of a Yellow Sun 2006 , and Americanah 2013.She was born in Enugu, Nigeria, the fifth of six children to Igbo parents She studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half At nineteen, Chimamanda left for the U.S to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, then went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University Chimamanda graduated summa cum laude from Eastern in 2001, and then completed a master s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Balti.It was during her senior year at Eastern that she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was published in October 2003 Chimamanda was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005 2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008.

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  1. One of the best books I ve read in 2013 Americanah is a book of great impact and importance This is the one book by an African writer that has spoken to me than any other.This is a book about Africa and the African diasporic experience in the USA and England, a backdrop for the love story between Ifemelu and Obinze, teenagers attending a Nigerian university who have to leave the country because of the university strikes in Nigeria Ifemelu moves to the States, where she attends an American unive [...]

  2. UPDATE Now with irritating author interview See end of review.Those of you who know me know I don t really have favorite authors I have favorite books, occasionally favorite series So you won t be surprised that after I thought Half of a Yellow Sun was amazing and Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck fairly good, I m giving 2 stars edit 1 star to Adichie s latest Typical But really, yikes This isn t even a novel it s a 477 page opinion essay with some characters thrown in.Read the blur [...]

  3. 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 colloquialisms of the west.This 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 lookin [...]

  4. A few weeks ago I read The Thing Around Your Neck, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s short story collection, and was immediately struck with her attention to detail in stories as short as six pages long Desiring of her captivating prose, I chose Americanah, her intricate discussion on race in three countries and continents Taking place in Nigeria, the United States, and England, Americanah can be viewed by many as a novel that is one of the premier looks on race over the last five years Ifemelu and Ob [...]

  5. There s a lot going on here This book is a beautiful mess Adichie takes on race, immigration and emigration, the politics of natural hair, interracial relationships, what it means to leave home, and what it means to return, all wrapped up in a love story The book is, at points, indulgent, just on and on the writing goes, the writer showing off her admittedly impressive way with words Stronger editing would have done wonders for this book But when this book is good, it is absolutely brilliant.

  6. 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 stronger.Okay, 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 ma [...]

  7. this is basically what was going through my head for most of the book AAAAAAAAHHHHH and then, quietly in the background, under the shrieking why haven t i read this before now because i was an early adopter of adichie i read Purple Hibiscus back when it was her only novel, and i pounced on Half of a Yellow Sun as soon as it was published and it immediately rose to the very top of my heart pile of favorite books ever and then this came out and i just dallied i bought it the week it came out, but [...]

  8. What is it with you Americans and race my friend Fatima asked me one day over lunch We were in her country, France, both students at a university tucked in a shadow of an Alpine peak Everyone always wanted to know where I was from I d tell them France and they d say, no, where are you from It made no sense I was born in France I m French Fatima, with her brown sugar skin and currant black eyes, then turned to her boyfriend Karim and Arabic poured from her in a river of throaty consonants and che [...]

  9. Everyone should read this book.Adichie has really hit her stride in this one After having read and adored her previous works, I knew I would love this one, and it didn t disappoint It is by far her best work, and you can see the progression of her writing skill in Americanah.Characters are what Adichie does best Her books become progressively less plot driven, but her ability to engage the reader with flawed, true characters is where she excels Ifemelu is brazen and perhaps, to some, unlikeable [...]

  10. 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 1,000 I would be reading along and thinking, oh, I m a little bored, let s see how far I ve gotten d 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 [...]

  11. I m only about halfway through this book but I am enthralled I was afraid that I was over eager and could only be disappointed, that I had set the bar too high, that I should remember that Adichie is only human, after all But my fears were misplaced Chimmy is back as strong as ever I am mildly amused at how she s promoted the book in her interviews as being about hair This book is about race, and culture Admittedly, that s what it says in the blurb Anyway, so far, it is brilliantly on point I m [...]

  12. But beyond race, the book is about the immigrant s quest self invention, which is the American subject Americanah is unique among the booming canon of immigrant literature of the last generation including writers Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gary Shteyngart, Chang rae Lee, Dinaw Mengestu and Susan Choi Its ultimate concern isn t the challenge of becoming American or the hyphenation that requires, but the challenge of going back home Emily Raboteau in the Washington PostI could not say it better th [...]

  13. Sigh I really wanted to be here for this novel, but damn the two main characters especially Ifemelu were barely likeable after her move to America, all the other characters especially the Americans and nouveau riche Nigerians were very one dimensional, the adjective use was next level and I felt like I was being lectured half the damn time Adichie s prose is beautiful and she knows how to evoke emotion, but her politics at least on the topic of race and class feel very staid I didn t feel like I [...]

  14. Una vez le que Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie era una de las voces m s potentes que ten amos en literatura en este siglo Pens menuda exageraci n Prejuzgu , sin ni siquiera haberla le do Tiempo despu s me hice con Americanah Me siento feliz de decir que me equivocaba No estaban exagerando.

  15. It s my first Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book for some reason My only experience with Nigerian literature heretofore has been Things Fall Apart which I ve read multiple times and think exquisite I had no notion of what to expect with this book, but I do know I was hoping for an idea of a modern Nigeria I m also always up for cultural clashes and the dynamics of race, so this was all set to be a fantastic experience Obviously, that didn t happen and for the most part, this book is a disappointment [...]

  16. I ve been trying to formulate exactly what I think and how I feel about Americanah, a frustrating but fascinating read And ultimately, I think that as a novel of ideas, concepts, exploration of how we as humans of various backgrounds understand and confront identity and immigration and race in the modern day, and a spotlight on the Nigerian and African diaspora in the US and UK, Americanah has much to recommend the reader, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s intelligent observations and smart, incisi [...]

  17. I like to be in America O.K by me in America Ev rything free in America For a small fee in America Stephen Sondheim, America, from West Side Story It is the function of art to renew our perception What we are familiar with we cease to see The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it Anais Nin This novel reminds me of Nin s quote about a writer s ability to perceive truth, otherwise shaded by everyday familiarity Adichie s ability in this regard, mixed [...]

  18. when white people say dark they mean Greek or Italian but when black people say dark they mean Grace Jones Weak as a love story but powerful in its social commentary I found a lot of similarities between people of Nigeria described here and that of India people wanting to migrate to developed countries and real estate being the only investment that attracts the rich There are many different ways to be poor in the world but increasingly there seems to be one single way to be rich Then, there are [...]

  19. I enjoyed this writer s previous novels and expected to like this one too, but I was disappointed There are several reasons for this but the one that had the most impact was the sense that the writer wasn t sure what type of novel this should be Was it a love story, a story of immigration, the story of black people in today s America the issues all merely rolled out but never properly addressed or was it an attempt to educate readers on the differences between the various ethnic black groups in [...]

  20. The Hook A promise to myself to get to some of those books on my TBR pile One down, thousands to go.The Line How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined The Sinker I loved the journey I took with the author and characters in Americanah, what I call a story of love than one of race or color This is not to say I didn t think about race or color because I did What struck me most about his is how little I know about what is referred to as Non [...]

  21. Adichie and I seem to share sensibilities and I often mention her as one of my favourite authors, even if I often think she lets herself off too easily Which is another thing we seem to have in common, as I tend to let myself off too easily too What I mean by that is that I wanted , let s call it, epicness Adichie is a wonderful writer and she can churn out a great book without really trying I want to know what would happen if she really tried Americanah is really Race 101 and you would think Am [...]

  22. I enjoyed Adichie s novel Purple Hibiscus, but this book was a slog, for multiple reasons I wish Adichie had written a memoir, rather than a semi autobiographical, overly long, meandering novel wherein we are treated to the narrator s supercilious, self important observations about immigration, race, and class The observations are keen and I don t disagree with their general message, but the delivery is smug and repetitive, an endless series of cocktail and dinner party scenes where the narrator [...]

  23. Lots to chew on in Americanah I liked it Note to my friends from last year 2 thumbs up for me did I break the tie To chew To chew To chew.on Immigration experiences A love story Race relations especially American Africans Class hierarchy in America Tribalism Kinky African hairNigerian born heroine Philosophies, values, morals, etc Ifemelu began life in Nigeria which existed under military dictatorship She attended Lagos secondary school where she fell in love with Obinze He would be the great lo [...]

  24. Check out my review and discussion of Americana.I started this book at the beginning of this year and put it aside after a single chapter because I wasn t convinced I would enjoy it This is why I come back to books, because sometimes I m wrong and sometimes it takes a second look I m so glad I gave Americanah another chance because it is one of just a few 5 star books I ve read this year It is smart, funny, well written, sincere and overall something to be experienced I want to use the word impo [...]

  25. There s nothing better than starting a new novel and getting the feeling, pretty much immediately, that you re in safe hands Somehow, it takes only a few pages for a really good author to communicate that she knows what she s doing and you can relax and settle in That was definitely the case with Americanah I can be a bit apprehensive about committing to a book with 400 pages, but here, particularly in the first three fourths of the book, there was nothing not to like The characters were vivid, [...]

  26. V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT:A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you

    DNF so no starsReview to comeUpdate March 8thUNPOPULAR OPINION ALERTRANT ALERT WITH candid OPINION ON DIFFICULT TOPICS,About three things I AM absolutely positive First, Americanah is not the best read for those of us who are starting to discover Diverse reads and diverse authors Second, there s a part of the community and I don t know how numerous that part might be that is afraid to give low ratings to books that recieve critical praise.And third, I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love w [...]

  27. This was so good I cried It felt like someone finally got it That feeling of straddling your good but humble african upbringing, realizing the benefits of coming to America but struggling to fit in because of issues you had no previous understanding of but are dumped in to sink or swim I was worried about reading this book because of pre interviews I had seen which made it appear as though she was very Marie Antoinette like in her understanding of the plight of the average Nigerian as some of us [...]

  28. Yeah,VIBRANCY oozing through the pages No miracle,that is the way love goes story dripping with PASSION.Helps me stop to wonder how arrogant it is labelling people as Blacks for our easy definition.For some the word Black doesn t exist.We just make it.

  29. I loved this book even though it was long and essentially a romance, but there was so much to it It is also about race, gender and the nature of home As the Guardian review points out, it is an exploration of structural inequality and types of oppression, but it is wrapped in a love story The novel revolves around Ifemelu and Obinze and their on off relationship over time and distance It starts in their teenage years in Nigeria and follows them around the world Ifemelu to the US and Obinze to B [...]

  30. I thought this book would take me days to read because of its tiny font and many pages, but it actually only took me a couple of days That just goes to show how fantastic this book is I ve only read one other of Chimamanda s books Half of a Yellow Sun so I kind of thought that I knew what I was going into However, Americanah is very different The tone of voice is so honest and Chimamanda s many observations of American vs Nigerian culture are remarkable This is a book about the culture clash bet [...]

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