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5.0 out of 5 stars Cords and words and love
This is a love story.
Not just between Ifemelu and Obinze, but for a country.
Adichie’s observations on America and Britain are cool, in both senses of the word. Precise, amused, sardonic and aware. Yet when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, the reader can sense passion.

Young lovers Ifemelu and Obinze are well-off, educated and intelligent...
Published 4 months ago by leekmuncher

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought-provoking, but it felt more like a manifesto than a novel.
Having loved Half of a Yellow Sun when it came out, and recently rediscovered Chimamanda via her excellent TED talks, I was excited to read this novel. I really wanted to enjoy it. So it is with mixed feelings and a somewhat heavy heart that I write this review.

Essentially this is a love story between Ifemelu and Obinze. The section of the book describing...
Published 11 months ago by Hodgeheg


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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this even more than Half a Yellow Sun, 10 May 2014
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It took a few chapters to get into this but then I was seriously hooked. Vivid writing: every character alive with hopes, failures, thoughts, feelings. I really enjoyed her open and thoughtful exploration of race and our responses to it. All of this within a compelling love and life story, delving into Nigerian and exPat life. I am off to read whatever else I can find now by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Writing that makes you think, 8 May 2014
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What a fantastic read. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. A plus was that I could relate to the main character in the book, the feeling was almost nostalgic.
Chimamanda, please when is the next book out? I feel empty now that I've finished this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Study, 6 May 2014
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This is a book I will read again. It’s the kind of book you read to find out what will happen, yet while you’re reading know you must come back to this page because there was something that gave you insight into your own life. And then there is that page where the characters seem too rich, too characterful to be true, yet at the same time you recognize them and relish the time you get to spend with them. And then there are the blog entries which are well-written, educational, and illuminating about what it means to be black in America. To be Americanah in Nigeria. It’s the kind of book where you can dig a little deeper, discover the story beneath the story, the reality beneath the pseudo-reality – or is it the other way around…

America and Nigeria are juxtaposed in a way that you must think they are very different, and you discover, with a slight shock, that they have more in common than each would be prepared to admit. The characters have flavours that we too, if we are honest, can recognize in ourselves. I will read this again – and dig a little deeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 6 May 2014
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I absolutely loved this book. It had everything I need to thoroughly enjoy reading. It is well written, the characters are strong and it cleverly points out many of our misconceptions about race.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A love story you hope will work out and a lot more, 5 May 2014
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I enjoyed this novel but I don't think it's as engaging as Half of a Yellow Sun. The discord between the racial groups in Nigeria is subtly present but without the dire consequences which Adichie examined in Half of a Yellow Sun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force....., 4 May 2014
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my top ten favourite authors. I was hooked from her very first book "The Purple Hibiscus". Her writing is impressive her prose immaculate and always perceptive - she just gets better...
Americanah is at the same time extremely informative and a joy to read. A brilliant story encompassing class, race and identity. As the Guardian puts it " a love story but also a brilliant dissection of modern attitudes to race, spanning three continents....Gripping" It truly is and from the first page to the last, it was compulsive reading. Not only is it a love story but a very insightful comment on attitudes to race, gender roles, inequality, oppression - the social mores of Americans of all cultural and racial backgrounds; of Nigerians - particularly wealthy Nigerians - their culture, tradition versus modern attitudes.... fascinating characters.... I could go on.
Read it for yourself. Lovers of her books will be blown away. If it is your first time reading her, you'll become a new fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 2 May 2014
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Beyond my expectations could not put the book down finished reading the book at one sitting
Outstanding and I recommend it to anyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 30 April 2014
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Entertaining, wry and in-your-face funny. It says so much, while explaining nothing for your benefit. Great read, and beautifully written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars accomplished writing, but is the story that compelling?, 30 April 2014
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This review is from: Americanah (Paperback)
I read Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie a number of years ago having been drawn by its excellent title, thinking with a title like this this book will probably be something. Inasmuch I wasn't disappointed and the story proved to be a compelling and to me also an educative one. Coming to Americanah then I was interested to see what the author had come up with. Adichie's style seems to have become more literary with prose that is tauter and more involved in this book, - she seems to have wanted a more descriptive tone this time, and in this she succeeds very much. I feel however that the storyline of a Nigerian emigre in America returning home to see her lover is not as engaging as Half of a Yellow Sun and that there seems to be too much of daily goings on, however colourful these things might be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 30 April 2014
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Transported to Nigeria , Pennsylvania, London.
Great characterisation and storyline from this excellent author.
Good bookclub choice.
Very highly recommended.
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