By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
What’s it about?
This novel is a love story, an immigrant’s story and a story of race in America.
What did it make me think about?
This is a book I wanted to love. It started off so promising for me, and parts of the novel were amazing. I found the main character smart, interesting, insightful and sometimes just harsh and hard to understand.
Should I read it?
I found the authors’ commentaries on race in America thought provoking. Her observations on being a new immigrant to America were also interesting. Her ability to stand back and observe, and then write social commentary makes this novel worth reading. However be warned- the second half of the book got tedious for me.
“There was a manic optimism that he noticed in many of the people who had moved back from America in the past few years, a head-bobbing, ever-smiling, over-enthusiastic kind of manic optimism that bored him, because it was like a cartoon, without texture or depth. He hoped she would not have become like that. “