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Kehinde and her husband Albert had always intended to return to Nigeria. When the opportunity arises, Kehinde realizes she is reluctant to leave London and the independence she has enjoyed there. Albert, longing for the prosperity and status that will be his in Nigeria, is determined not to be thwarted in his plans. He thinks that it is his wife's duty to obey him and forc...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 29th 2005 by Waveland Pr Inc (first published February 22nd 1994)
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Interesting take on the experience of Nigerian immigrants in London, return to Nigeria, woman's awakening to herself in the face of conflicts with her culture.
I read this in my Modern British lit class, and I was enthralled. While it isn't the sort of thing I would've picked up on my own, I'm glad I read it. It's awesome because it explores the intersection of race, identity, gender, nationality and post-colonialism in such a simple but powerful way. It's short, too!
this book was interested story of a Nigerian woman in Britain in the 1960's and her struggle to get free from oppressive Nigerian culture. I was not that impressed with the writing style. Too often she had to tell you the point she was trying to make rather than letting the story do it.
Ollie Eubany
I ordered this book online and waited expectedly since I had read several books by Buchi Emecheta and the wait was worth it. The only problem was it was too short. The book highlights the difference in a Nigerian family living in England and living in Nigeria.
Katherine Brown
Many people do not think of immigration in other countries outside of the United States, however many people see refuge in more developed countries around the world. This book is a great depiction of a woman's struggle within her own culture for freedom.
I liked this book - I have a new found appreciation for Buchi Emecheta. I thought the end was a little rushed and would have like to see more development of her relationship with the Caribbean dude and her son.
Read for book group.
Probably would not have read it otherwise.
Difficult to read about a family falling apart.
Ending is less taut than the rest of the story.
Christa Bella
i think she is the best author
the best immigrant and confident book i have ever read in my life!!
David Dacosta
A woman must endure cultural sexism to find her independence.
Heather Beyer
Interesting story, held attention well.
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Buchi Emecheta OBE (born 21 July 1944, in Lagos) is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the Br...more
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