THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK

Later, Chika will read in The Guardian that “the reactionary Hausa-speaking Muslims in the North have a history of violence against non-Muslims,” and in the middle of her grief, she will stop to remember that she examined the nipples and experienced the gentleness of a woman who is Hausa and Muslim.
Excerpt from the short story titled A PRIVATE EXPERIENCE by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: African Fiction
Page count: 243
Year published: 2009

The thing around your neck is a collection of twelve short stories telling us about Nigerians who lived through and after the years of war and colonialism. Adichie through her stories tried to show us how religion,tribalism and politics affects the lives of the many involved, most times resulting in negative consequences.

I enjoyed the stories, I wished some would have been made into a novel as they left me curious as to what might have become of the characters. Some of my favorites include,

-Cell one
-Imititation
-Jumping monkey hill
-Shivering
-The headstrong historian
-Arrangers of marriage

When compared to other works from her such as , Half of a yellow sun, Americanah, Purple Hibiscus etc her pattern and style of narration in The thing around your neck seemed quite different and sort of lacked technicality. But not withstanding, one had to careful with the short story titles, as you had to read the story itself before being able to grasp it’s theme.

In all The thing around your neck was intellectually stimulating as it covered various issues while making sure it reached their depths. Get a copy of the book if you haven’t read it, and if you have, please feel free to drop comments.

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