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Beautiful and thought-provoking,
This review is from: The Thing Around Your Neck (Hardcover)
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This is an excellent book, filled with beautifully written stories about life in Nigeria, and the experiences of Nigerians in America. I often find short story collections underwhelming, but this one doesn't disappoint, especially after having read the author's previous book Half of a Yellow Sun. There are a couple of stories that are weaker than the rest, but not enough to let the book as a whole down.
Stories such as 'A Private Experience' and 'The American Embassy' return to the theme of political and civil unrest in Nigeria, and both are powerful and moving pieces about how people deal with turmoil and loss. 'The Thing Around Your Neck' and 'The Arrangers of Marriage' explore young women who have moved to the US for a new life that has not lived up to their expectations. The cultural differences between America and Africa, and even recent and long-term immigrants are presented as vast and confusing.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a brilliant and intelligent writer and I would recommend her books to anyone who enjoys literature. This collection is poignant and moving, and full of life.