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on 6 June 2001
'Second-Class Citizen' is an excellent portrayal of one woman's journey from Africa to London. The problems that she faces both in Africa and in Britain are intense and Emecheta makes the reader really feel what's going on. This is an important book for anyone to read and it goes a long way towards me (as a white, British male) understanding how racism and sexism affects others. I defy anyone to read this book and not be affected by it and the fact that it is at least partly autobiographical makes it's contents even more harrowing. 'Second-Class Citizen' ranks alongside Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' in that it takes the situation of colonial rule in Africa and takes it one stage further. An excellent and important read.
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on 13 November 2010
I came across this book recently whilst studying an Open University course that had used an extract from it in its' study materials and I was compelled to get a copy. Although described as a work of 'fiction' I get the feeling, having 'googled' Emecheta, that she has drawn from her own experience. Very powerful.... I was moved to tears a few times and even on reflection get quite emotional. A valuable read. I will definately read some more of her work.
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on 8 November 2013
This is a must read for anyone interested in African literature OR/AND female authors. Well written classic that remains timeless
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on 19 January 2013
The book gives a portrayal to some of the struggles families had coming to Britain. With conflicts of identity, relationships and motherhood, Buchi Emecheta encapulates an insight of African-English realities.
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on 27 August 2013
...But I cannot remember the print being this TINY. Geez. I must be getting old. Either way, it's an excellent read. Buy it.
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on 14 May 2015
Love Buchi and can relate to her experiences very well
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on 7 May 2015
brillant book
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on 12 January 2016
Very good
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