Book Review; Americanah by Chimamanda

I am completely elated by the fact that my first book review is by one of the greatest writers on the face of the earth ,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.(just see the how my eyebrows are furrowed into an attempted happy dance)

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In the book Americanah,she tactfully  crafts her words and molds them into eye candy for us readers to feast on.She invites us into her world  where the curtains of her thought rooms drape with experience ,basically she keeps it as it is.

Pages;477

Chapters;55

Rating:5 stars

Synopsis.This book has its roots in a Nigerian setting and further grows beyond the boundaries of Home to a new “promised land”In United states.There seems to be war looming at home in Nigeria. This serves as a genesis for  Imefulu the lead character in this book.This book spells out her teenage love affair with Obinze aka “ceiling” during the dictatorship war in Nigeria, her new woos of being a blogger on the topic of race before finally moving back home to fulfill the state of her heart affairs with the love of her life.

The use of words depicts the effervescent enthusiasm of an explorer,in this case, Ifemelu, a Nigerian female who leaves home to encounter the world that focuses on strange issues and to some extent the world changes her as she attempts to change the world.Quoting from  Americanah”no longer  did she cover herself with a blanket  of strange naiveté as she flush with knowledge.”

She interacts with many Africans while pursuing her undergraduate studies in America.Years later she beings a popular blogger on “race issues”.She encompasses the culture shock in her blog  and stubbornly refuses to adopt the accent but quickly picks up on the strong language.”Melanin is on fleek”while her heart is like a chess game,before she finally checkmates Cupid,is a series where Imefulu has  no limits as she loves.Right from her high school boyfriend who she seemingly feels worthless to be with because of relaxation abuse by her employer ,to her new white man,Curt who literally washes her with words of affirmation and she reciprocates by cheating on him .But  and later she meets Blaine, THE MAN among many men who adds a new twist to her story.She later  returns home and is affirmative in the action of blogging.

I hate to give spoilers but down the memory lane she ends up with Obinze the love of her life ‘who by the way has had his fair share of life’s hard-knocks before becoming an extremely successful businessman in a newly Democratic Nigeria.

This book is an amazing read for lovers of love and travelling experience,and it left me wondering whether all we need is some more time, because it appears that is what heals all wounds.

 

 

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  • K E Garland
    September 25, 2016

    Sounds very interesting.

  • Miss.Kizza
    September 26, 2016

    Galllll !!!!!!i want this book; with the review you`ve given my mind needs a draping to stop it from filling in the missing gaps.hhahaha. Imma look up the book.

    • justifiedecstasy
      September 26, 2016

      Please hurry it is worth your time

      • Miss.Kizza
        September 27, 2016

        hehehehe oba i wait for you to come from KE and i borrow ..looooooool

  • jojomoraa
    September 26, 2016

    Patsy Patsy Patsy..I’m always put just waiting for your blogposts I should grab a copy of that book PRONTO!!

    • justifiedecstasy
      September 26, 2016

      We must write on thank you for sparinfthe time to read the posts

  • iKomusana
    September 26, 2016

    It is a great book

  • Latifat
    October 6, 2016

    It’s been on my list for a while. Thanks for the candid review

  • Colleen
    October 11, 2016

    One of my favourite Chimamanda books.

  • Vincent Owino
    October 27, 2016

    You’ve convinced me to read it, and I will definitely read it.

  • MyoPaname
    November 1, 2016

    J’ai lu ce livre et l’ai adoré…😀
    La force qu’une femme peut déployer pour affronter son destin. Et la condition noire, du Nigeria aux Etats-Unis, entre lesquels Ifemelu fait le grand écart…
    Une écriture pleine de lucidité et d’empathie.

    • justifiedecstasy
      November 10, 2016

      Sa c’est tres vrai , c’etait une grande expérience avec Chimamanda

  • Rolly
    November 19, 2016

    Been wondering whether I should start reading Chimamanda’s books. Now I proceed with all assumptions clarified. Patsy, I want.

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