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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 August 1st 2012 by Waveland Press
(first published February 22nd 1994)
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I'm neither from Nigeria or London. So maybe this book wasn't written for me. I had to google a lot to understand what was going on. These characters vexed me from beginning until almost the end. I did find the ending satisfying. .. hence the 3 stars.
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.
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.
Nov 06, 2013 Katherine Brown rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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.
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 ...moreMore about Buchi Emecheta...