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race, immigration and love - a powerful and thoughtful novel,
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This review is from: Americanah (Hardcover)
This a fascinating and sometimes challenging novel which I have found myself talking to friends about, and thinking about, often. Dealing directly with the issues of race, particularly through the eyes and experiences of Africans in the United States and the UK, this book raises significant concerns about how race and identity continue to shape the responses of people, both well meaning and otherwise, to people from ethnic minorities.
This is a very modern book, which features the reactions of many of the characters to the campaign and election of Barrack Obama, and which shows the struggle of many immigrants from Africa to overcome numerous obstacles, sometimes legally, sometimes not, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, to achieve their ambitions in the United States and in Europe. The writing is excellent and always very humane
It is also a love story across continents and time, and once the main characters are back in Africa, it is this story and not the questions of race which predominates. As the main charachter, Ifemelu, says - she is only black in America.
I bought this book halving loved 'Half a Yellow Sun'and 'Purple Hibiscus'. I didn't find this to have quite so strong a narrative drive, nor did I find the same level of page turning compulsiveness. Having said that this is a great read which will make you think, and often smile.