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The Thing Around Your Neck | [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]

The Thing Around Your Neck

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Orange Prize-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, come 12 dazzling stories in which she turns her penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prodigious storytelling powers.
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From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Orange Prize-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, come 12 dazzling stories in which she turns her penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prodigious storytelling powers.

©2009 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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  • MaryAnne
    Bangor, United Kingdom
    10/12/11
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    "A wonderful collection of stories."

    This was a poweful collection of short stories with the general theme of Nigeria and Nigerians.
    The stories include interaction between Africans and Whites, integrating with other cultures, Nigerian history, the problems women face under the rule of men and other cultural aspects that make the lives of Africans so different from inhabitants of much of the West.

    Having loved Purple Hibiscus but ground to a halt in the middle of Half of a Yellow Sun, I was thrilled to have the chance to read another of Adichie's books. It did not disappoint.
    I particularly liked the female slant on the tales and the strong female characters. All in all a very satisfying read and definitely recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olu
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    2/9/11
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    "12 Powerful Stories"

    Chimamanda uses her excellent writing to deliver 12 powerful stories in a way that touches the heart so deeply that I was close to tears a few times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zari
    ilford, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Nigerian writing at it's most modern"

    I am an African of Nigerian descent, so I guess I am biased about this collection of stories by Chimamanda you will agree with me. She has brought Nigeria alive in colourful words to the wider world. She lays bare the nudity of a nation scarred by corruption, celebrated by culture and splashed by relationships. Her ability to blend the African to West is uncanny. As a diasporan, it made me homesick. Chimamanda's style is fluid and beautifully jagged for attention. The descriptions are palpable and as haunting as it is inviting. I loved this book very much. The reader is superb, however, she is Ghanian and so tries to attempt a Nigerian brogue. The subject matters vary and are shocking in places, the characters are alive and the plots are drawing. Read it and love it.

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