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A bit disappointing,
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I do enjoy Adichie's writing and I find I learn a lot while reading her novels, which is great. I love getting an insight into other times and places. But this one fell a little flat for me. First off, I thought it was unnecessarily long. She does love a long story and there's nothing wrong with that, but this felt drawn out just for the sake of it. Secondly, despite the rich evocation of the protagonists' stories that takes place over several years, by the end I felt nothing much for them. Obinze changes too dramatically from section to section. The schoolboy, the illegal immigrant and the rich Nigerian businessman all seem like entirely different characters. As a result, I couldn't really warm to him. Ifem on the other hand, is very well drawn, but I didn't much like her. She seems self-obsessed and self-important, looks down on pretty much everybody and seems to have a bitterly cold heart. She cuts Obinze dead, not once, but twice, and doesn't seem to give a stuff about her parents (does she even visit her family on her return to Nigeria?). Consequently, the ending of this beautifully written, drawn-out tale let me feeling a bit... ho hum.