Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I started to enjoy Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah about 1/3rd way in and was glad I’d stayed with the rather tedious beginning where the balance of background and a forward moving story felt wrong.

Adichie writes wonderful prose with forensic observations and in this book her ability to unpick personal narratives shines. She captures the push and pull of contemporary society in an authentic way and her characters are rooted in reality.  

In and out of the shadows were the ideological excursions that just too often felt as if they had been directly drawn from essay’s on racial politics in 21C. What was written needs to be written but in a work of fiction the approach needs to be more in tune with the rest of the book.

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