"Africa" for us western readers is a great unknown, with few exceptions. Chimamanda's powerful voice can be a great introduction to a whole world. Between a mythical, at times painful, past and a complex, nuanced present her characters - especially the courageous proud women, struggle to conquer happiness, self-esteem and respect.
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.
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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.
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Great collection of short stories - beautifully written, compelling, and thought-provoking with a solid narration by Adjoa Andoh. In the past I'd found some of her American accents grating, but when they did come up from time to time in these stories, they were toned down and much better. All in all a great listen that I'd highly recommend if you've enjoyed any of Adichie's other work or if you are interested in Nigeria.
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.