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Goodbye Achebe Hello Adichie,
This review is from: Americanah (Paperback)
Chinua Achebe died this year and the media went on and on about the "father of African literature" in that labelling way with which the media marks events. You may also have noticed that as the great man passed on there was no great debate about who would take over from the man who gave us Things Fall Apart because - in a very short space of time - Nobel Laureates for Literature have included the African observers Lessing, Gordimer, Soyinka, Coetzee and Mahfouz with many more unsung but established African writers waiting in the wings not for awards, but for you to discover them as Africans have for decades.
"Americanah" marks an important milestone for novels about Africa. Nothing that can be said about this rollicking ballsy brilliant read could match the emotional punches Adichie threw in the direction of my African heart. We went from secondary school in Nigeria to the maze of cities and continents where Nigerians reached in their escape from "choicelessness" and back again to Lagos with the kind of brash confidence only an African pen could yield when talking about African lives. And then she takes a surgical scalpel to the issues of race and identity; to the giddiness of the election of America's first black President to life as a black person in foreign lands - in conversations and scenes we all know and have argued about and she airs them at last.
Yes Adichie is younger than the old and the dead and her take on the African diaspora of the 21st century is the most authentic you will encounter, and if your heart beats, you will love these characters and fall in love with a love story like no other. I finished it and found myself clapping over the strength of her words and the reach of her vision.
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2013 15:09:52 BDT
Susana J G says:
I have to say I am amazed by this review. As I have already said, I was very disappointed by Americanah and cannot believe any lover of literature, especially a follower of Adichie's works, could be impressed by this novel. At no time did it ring true, and at all times I almost felt I was in the middle of one of those dreadful 'chick lit' books. And yet this reviewer calls it "a love story like no other"!! It is like every other love story: they fall in love, they are separated, misunderstandings occur, they fall out of touch, then they are reunited. Like every Mills and Boon story ever written. It feels as though Adichie rushed it out solely to please her agent or publisher, rather than to leave her readers with another inspiring work such as 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. Has this reviewer read her other works? I somehow doubt it.
Posted on 28 Oct 2013 20:53:30 GMT
Juliet.Lubega @ucragirl says:
I do think that is the problem.Adichie tried to break ground with racism in the contemporary world like Achebe did with colonialsim.She failed miserably.Americanah is badly written,rushed,has no depth and very predictable.It is nothing like the brilliance of Half Of A Yellow Sun.It is a no frills version of Things Fall Apart.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2014 17:20:19 BDT
You have to understand Nigeria to know that Adichie took the unexpected road with the two main characters ending up as they did. Maybe that is the problem. We who know Nigeria know that that ending hardly happens. Get back together with returnee past lover? Sure. Have steamy affair with said lover? Of course. Leave beautiful wife -for no other reason than blandness- for past lover? Not in Nigeria. When you understand that about Nigeria,you will understand that Adichie took the unconventional ending as far as Nigerian culture is concerned.
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