AUTHOR: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
GENRE: Fiction, Romance, Satire
RATING: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
PAGE COUNT: 539
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Ifemelu
FAVOURITE QUOTE : “You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me? Your life belongs to you and you alone._aunty Ifeka
Americanah is a story surrounding two lovers; Ifemelu ( the main character) and Obinze, her first love. They met in secondary school, made plans and fantasized about their future together, but life proved them wrong. The time of the story started in the 90s, at the time Nigeria was still being ran by the military and ended in the time of the new democratic Nigeria. The story and experiences of the characters ran across various continents. I was exposed to what it felt like moving to a new place, then afterwards finding it difficult to return home. It also showed ways in which you had to adjust yourself to become this totally different person when you find yourself in a new place and in the process almost forgetting your true self.
The author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie narrated the story. It was a third person narration. Based on Ifemelu’s experiences, Adichie was able to expose us to various social and political issues such as race, immigration, etc.
Nigeria, America and England.
The book dealt with various political issues facing the world, but laid much emphasis on the issue of racism as well as immigration. It also shed some light on the issue of love.
I liked the book because I could identify with the protagonist, Ifemelu. She happened to be a very strong girl, who stood her grounds in most cases, saying things as they were while ignoring how it affected others. Although this attitude earned her so many critics, she remained true and honest in her dealings both with others as well as with herself. In the long run, it came off with benefits for her.
I have read previous works by Adichie and will read more because through her writing, she has shown that she’s very observant and her stories are based on reality. 4 stars out of 5 though because the ending was a little bit unrealistic for the typical African setting. In all, it was a good read.
I encourage you to get a copy of Americanah and read it. It’ll be worthwhile, trust me.
Feel free to leave comments if you’ve read the book.