I liked Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun much better, but this book, once you get into it, is really good.
I love the fact that Igboland plays a prominent role in Adichie's stories. I'm from Tanzania, but Adichie makes me feel like I now know Nsukka and Enugu, though I've never been. It's refreshing to hear names and places that are historically accurate, and not generic. The story does an excellent job of telling a story, the foundations of which could be found in any culture, and making it a distinctly African story. Great job!
There were definitely times when her South African accent came through or when her pronunciation of certain Igbo words were a bit off, but it won't be noticeable to most listeners.
I listened to it on a cross-country road trip, so, yes.
The book was such an eye opener. It is well written and provides great insight into the mis-recognition and shaming of Black women. It is a deeply emotional and insightful perspective on Black women.
I haven't read any similar books
The narrator had a hard time translating the transitions in the book, as well as the excerpts from other texts that are in the hard copy of book. It is therefore difficult to know when the narrator is reading Harris-Perry's text or one of the poems or short stories Harris-Perry re-printed in the text.
The book reads like a series of short stories that could have been better tied together. Hattie's story is interesting, we get enough of her story to emotionally invest in the character and to want more of her story. We do not get enough of the other character's stories to emotionally invest in their stories.
The lack of character development
I liked the book, but the ending felt way too much like an after school special. I feel that the storyline was interesting, but the twist at the end was too preachy. I ended the story mid-dialogue. It was a bit much. Also, the one gay character seemed a bit over the top and stereotypical. His character was more the stereotypical, finger-popping version of a gay man that was popular in early 2000s television, before gay characters became multi-deminsional. Other than that, the book was good. The storyline involving the main characters was was written and performed.
Not really. I don't mind if a story has inerracial love, that's the reality of the times. But the way it was woven in was almost like Zane was trying to educate her readers. I may give Zane another try, but it's not likely.
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