This was a wonderful book and will stick with me for a very long time. It gave me a great deal to think about regarding race, the immigrant experienceThis was a wonderful book and will stick with me for a very long time. It gave me a great deal to think about regarding race, the immigrant experience and our society as a whole. Chimanda Ngozi Adichie is a very perceptive observer and the reader can really see that in her writing. She writes of social conventions very much like Jane Austen but on a much more global scale.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
Why four stars then? (I'd do 4.5 if I could)
Some/many of her supporting characters abruptly left the book without a resolution and I found that a little bothersome. The main character is a Nigerian immigrant, Ifemelu, who, at one point was a nanny to two kids while in college. All of a sudden, she's dating a member of the family and this family with whom she's been working just vanishes. The book starts with Ifemelu getting her hair braided at an African salon in NJ and the person braiding her hair speaks of her issues finding a husband. The braider confides in Ifemelu that she's having some immigration issues and Ifemelu states that she will be able to assist her as she returns to Nigeria. A family emergency occurs for Ifemelu do I get why she can't deal with the issues her braider presented her but, as a reader, I couldn't help but wonder why even bring it up? Why add this complexity to this character?
This happened enough times for me to raise an eyebrow.
Regardless I'm anxiously awaiting more casting news for the movie. In the mean time, I recommend this to all. Learn of new experiences. ...more
Maggie Hope is assigned to be a tutor for the young princess and she quickly realizes that this is hardly a fluff assi Finally able to write a review!
Maggie Hope is assigned to be a tutor for the young princess and she quickly realizes that this is hardly a fluff assignment. More than an hour math tutoring session will be needed for this mission! We read of smart women on both good and bad sides and we see that Princess Elizabeth is spunkier than we might have thought :-) The rest of my review can be found here....more