Review: Americanah

Posted: 01/08/2015 in book reviews, books
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Content warnings: Racism, classism, suicide attempt, infidelity

This was a good book. It took me a while to read it but it was still enjoyable. It gave me a view into a different perspective than what I’m typically use to.

I’ve got a lot of conflicting feelings about this book so until I sort them out this is all I’m going to put for now. (as of 25 July 2015)


(1 August 2015 update)

Ok, I’ve had a whole week to think on this.

This book is set primarily in Nigeria and a bit into the East coast of the U.S. (and a small segment into England but I don’t remember the exact city just like I don’t remember all the states it’s set in). There is some Igbo words in it that aren’t explained (which were easily translatable onto google in a way that at least made some sense). For those who don’t know, the Igbo are an indigenous people of South Eastern Nigeria (those links take you to wikipedia articles that you can learn more about the language and the people and are a starting point for more resources).

The book talks about how difficult it can be to obtain an American passport for Nigerian people. And how much easier it is for them to get a British passport. It follows a girl through her schooling in America and talks of her starting up blogs talking about her life both in Nigeria and America. The Nigerian one sounded more fascinating to be honest.

The infidelity discussed in this book really bothers me but I’ve gone on about that in different reviews so I’m not going to get into it here.

But this was a good book that I actually really enjoyed and would encourage others not to be intimidated by the amount of pages and to read it.

Buy it here:

Amazon|Barnes & Noble


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