I just wanted to start off this post by saying... "We teach girls to shrink themselves... I'm FLAWLESS". Sorry, I've worked out to "Flawless" by Beyonce one too many times! Here's a short book review of Americanah.
- A journey about two people in the midst of following their dreams. In the quest for a slice of the American pie this twisted love story shows how actions, events, and luck test the foundation of Obinze & Ifemelu’s relationship
- Popular novel that has thought provoking discussion abut race
- The novel switches perspectives between Obinze and Ifemelu. So the reader gets both perspectives from both
- The story ends in a cute fashion with just enough resolution to conclude the story yet open enough to allow the reader to use their own imagination to fill in the holes.
- Here blog pieces were relevant, thought provoking, and fairly current (there was mention of Obama’s first presidential campaign)
- Ifemelu can at times come across as stark. Here greatest strength “Her intelligence & observant spirit” is also her down fall. At times she seems heartless and judgmental. While she is constantly critically of others she never reflects on her own flaws.
- Adichie does not balance the time we are spent looking at things through Obinze’s lens as opposed to Ifemelu. About 60 % of the time the story happens from Ifemelu’s perspective while the other 40 occurs with Obinze.
- Have you ever seen the Titanic? In the movie the story is told by the older rose on a ship that searching for this lost gem necklace. Well, Adichie positions Ifemelu to tell part of her story from a hair braiding story. The bouncing back and forth from present to past to future is very confusing and choppy.
- Given that the blog posts were very related to the story as a whole, they seemed to be airdropped out of nowhere. There would be a “random” blog post inserted at the end of several chapters. And Adichie would foreshadow the post several chapters before she would share them.
- · “She felt with him a self-affection. He made her life herself . With him, she was at ease; her skin felt as though it was the right size” (Adichie 73)
- “In America’s public discourse, “Blacks” as a whole are often lumped with “Poor Whites”. Not Poor Blacks and Poor Whites, But Blacks and Poor Whites. A curious thing indeed” (Adichie 205).
- “…but I should never have married her” ( Adichie
Until the next book.