Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is a hard-hitting, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking novel that is likely to stay with me for a long time.
Americanah boldly, beautifully, and – at times – brutally, stripped me of some layers of my ignorance.
This book kindly invited me to be an entertained passenger of a journey that spanned years, crossed continents and featured every emotion known to man. It educated me whilst making me emanate tears of laughter, joy and sadness.
Adichie is an amazing storyteller and impressive writer. I was hooked. You are not merely a cold and detached spectator. Adichie brings you in to the scenes and offers you a seat. She focuses on tiny details, bizarre idiosyncrasies and sharp social commentary, to the extent that you feel like you are there with the characters. Like you are feeling what they are feeling.
Like you can share one’s joy, one’s pain or even one’s disdain of another.
Americanah is a multifaceted novel that examines layers of race, culture and identity whilst telling a captivating love story and documenting how lives and countries can change.
This is a truly thought-provoking book that is likely to change your perspective and put you in others’ shoes for a while.