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Americanah by [Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi]
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‘A brilliant novel: epic in scope, personal in resonance and with lots to say’ Elizabeth Day, Observer

‘A delicious, important novel from a writer with a great deal to say’ The Times

‘A brilliant exploration of being African in America … an urgent and important book, further evidence that its author is a real talent’ Sunday Telegraph

‘An extremely thoughtful, subtly provocative exploration of structural inequality, of different kinds of oppression, of gender roles, of the idea of home. Subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches’ Alex Clark, Guardian

‘A tour de force … The artistry with which Adichie keeps her story moving, while animating the complex anxieties in which the characters live and work, is hugely impressive’ Mail on Sunday

‘Adichie is terrific on human interactions … Adichie’s writing always has an elegant shimmer to it … Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive’ Independent on Sunday

‘Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently … This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adiche’s virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity’ Dave Eggers

‘“An honest novel about race” … with guts and lustre … within the context of a well-crafted, compassionate, visceral and delicately funny tale of lasting high-school love and the sorrows and adventures of immigration’ Diana Evans, The Times

‘[A] long, satisfying novel of cross-continental relationships, exile and the pull of home … Adichie’s first novel for seven years and well worth the wait’ FT

‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014.

From the award-winning author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' a powerful story of love, race and identity.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning 'Americanah' is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today's globalized world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1923 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (6 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QU9X44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 925 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a love story about Ifemelu and Obinze, star-crossed lovers who traverse time and space (both geographical and cultural) and eventually journey apart. Perhaps not that spectacularly different from the trajectory of countless other love stories, but Adichie's novel stands apart for its bold, full frontal assault on racial issues.

Ifemelu is the titular Americanah, returning to Lagos, Nigeria, after shutting down her blog and a breakup. As she sits in a hair salon, getting her braids done, she reflects on her relationship with Obinze, whom she had left behind in Lagos, and become estranged with after a traumatic episode she suffered while she was a young postgrad in Philadelphia, and the backstory of their young love and her journey to the States ensues. The narrative weaves seamlessly through the past and present, and occasionally focuses on Obinze, though Ifemelu is clearly the main focaliser of the story.

Through Ifemelu's controversial blog on race relations in America, Adichie discusses weighty issues that Ifemelu confronts as a kind of insider-outsider where she is suddenly made aware of her skin colour and difference from African Americans, and the befuddling contradictions that go with asserting her identity. The contents of Ifemelu's blog, which are interspersed throughout most of the novel, is an effective way of broaching these issues without becoming too preachy or derailing the narrative.

Ifemelu is also struck by the attitudes of fellow immigrants from Nigeria.
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Beautifully written, important issues and themes addressed. I especially loved how she presented the experience of being an African in the West and how it was only in the midst of whiteness that Ifemelu became aware of her own blackness. I also like how she presented the internal conflict for those of us who are part of the African diaspora; too African for the West, too Westernized for Africa. It was also nice to see that for once, the girl relentlessly pursues her own success and still gets the guy. My new favourite book!
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I have never in my life felt so much a part of another person's reality, got such a clear and truthful insight into a culture so different from my own nor felt so immersed in the world of a character. I got that sad feeling when I turned a page just now and realised it was the last - that is proof of a brilliant writer. I can't wait to read your next novel Chimamanda!
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I loved everything about this book - the characters, the story but most of all, the vivid descriptions. I couldn't recommend this any higher.
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Such a great piece of literature
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Regarding the seller, the parcel arrived on time and looked intact. The book was in a great condition and did not present crinkles.

Concerning the content of the book itself, I could be a little biased as this is one of my favourite novels ever. A major part of the story concerns the still very debated issue of race in the USA. As a while European, I found many passages extremely eye-opening without trivialising the matter. Nonetheless, this is also a book about love. Love for a (fantastic and enviable) man, love for books, love for ourselves.

Thanks Chimamanda for this masterpiece!
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I enjoyed this book. It was a long read however, but I like the writers style and the early part of the book still set in Nigeria. The thing about writing is you always wish for the ending to be different but as always I appreciate the art. All in all a good read.
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Ngozi constantly challenges you to look through the eyes of others, and she helps us do that with her lively writing. Ifemelu is real and we admire her honesty and she is able to spot and strip the affectations of others, including ourselves. I paid the additional price for the audio and the accents being it to life. Fantastic book, I highly recommend it.
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