Book Review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
I struggled with this book. It is so many things and I battled with myself to figure out what this story was; a love story; a story of race; a story of immigration; or perhaps all of the above?
This epic novel by Adichie clearly puts her in a class of modern-day writers who can dissect the nuance of race in our society, our culture and our world.
Americanah is the story of two love struck teenagers in military led Nigeria whose lives take separate paths. Growing up in Nigeria Ifemelu and her boyfriend Obinze imagine America through the novels they have read and the TV and movies they have seen. But when Ifemelu goes to post-graduate school in Philadelphia she encounters for the first time “being black”. Her years in America bring her to write a blog about being African in America, what it means, how it feels and the dislocation that it brings to Ifemelu.
Eventually Obinze immigrated to England, but he struggles to obtain the elusive national security number that will allow him to work legally. Instead he finds himself caught between two worlds, one foot in two countries never feeling at home, secure or happy.
Adichie is a master in describing the American contradictory behavior of trying to justify it’s recent past of segregation, while she also has a clear grasp on the British political correctness of the idea of foreign-ness.
Americanah is an epic novel following the lives of two people whose love endures despite years, miles and the struggle of finding where you belong. It is a story of passion, struggle, belief, race, patriotism and above all else, it is a story of being human.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four Stars for Americanah
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