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Un libro de relatos que revela una voz madura crecida en la realidad de un país como Nigeria.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, autora ganadora del prestigioso premio Orange con su novela Medio sol amarillo, vuelve al territorio de la ficción con este volumen de cuentos, Algo alrededor de tu cuello.

Conmovedores y profundos, estos relatos cuentan historias humanamente cercanas y geo
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Grijalbo Mondadori Sa (first published June 23rd 2008)
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Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only because I am reading alphabetically through my library's fiction shelves, did I this book up. My self-imposed rules are that I don't read any back covers or inside flaps, I just read the first 50 pages and then decide if the book is worth finishing. Had I read the back flap, my silly prejudices would have forced me to put it down and pick up, instead, a silly rom-com. I am a white, WASP, 44 year old, egocentric American with an average education and little travel experience, it would never ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the leading voices of African literature today. Her books Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus have won multiple awards and made her a respected writer of African issues. The Thing Around Your Neck is her first story collection, which weaves together tales of Nigerians in Africa and in the United States sharing the same hardships and love for their homeland.

The collection commences with the story of Nnamabia who is falsely accused of running with his unive
Julie Christine
Several years ago, Jhumpa Lahiri entranced me with her stories of the sorrows, hopes and realities of being an immigrant in the United States. Through her characters, she showed how it felt to be pushed away from your own country by oppression and poverty into another that so often treated you like a shadow.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2009 collection That Thing Around Your Neck offers stories with these same themes, written with the same grace and power. Unlike Lahiri, however—whom I discovered
I fell in love with Adichie's work after reading her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, around a year ago. She has a way of creating extremely well-developed characters that are vivid and flawed. She doesn't shy away from the darker sides of humanity, but all along she reminds you that there is hope and joy to be found even in little things.

Each of these stories was incredibly immersive. I felt like the characters could've been contained in full-length novels, rather than in just 20 or so pages
Bionic Jean
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-authors-a-b
The Thing Around Your Neck is a 2009 collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian author who has won much acclaim for her first two novels, “Purple Hibiscus” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”. These twelve stories have all been published elsewhere at different times, but are linked in that they tell the tale of an individual life, and all feel very anecdotal. Despite the variety of lives depicted, they all also feel very personal. Adichie puts a lot of herself into her stories, r ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's the Queen, our literary Beyonce who delivers the goods with an earlier collection of short stories. You can see here the briefest of outlines that will become Americanah later. Confidently African stories told with a measured awareness of Western sensibilities. That storyteller voice that gently leads you across the page with a sharp eye and wry line. Adichie is so adept at alluding to deeper themes with a light touch that doesn't slow down your reading.

If I'm going to quibble the stories
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The power of a voice that cares!

Is there a red thread between these intense short stories, moving between continents, generations, social circumstances, religions and customs seemingly easily but leaving deep track marks in the reader's mind?

Home is not a place or a culture or even specific people.

Home is where your heart is hurting most because it's caring most.

And that hurt is beyond gender and skin colour and religion and ritual and politics.
It just is.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, africa
Shameless, brazen and lazy, I'm going to pinch the comment on the front of my edition: "Adichie makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong."

Will that do?

I can add on some of those typical enthusiasms: stunning, exquisite, you know, you'll have used them yourself at some point.

If you weren't entirely convinced by Adichie as a novelist (I was, fairly, but maybe not quite enough), try these short stories. They have certainly convinced me that I need to catch up with the rest of her oeuvre.
Oh dea
3.5 stars.

A short story collection that is loosely linked by its emotional connections to Nigeria, I found most of the stories to be insightful and very well written. A breakdown of each story:

Cell One - A story about a family who live in a closed off university town and everyone knows everyone. It centres around Nnamabia, a roguish young man who finds himself at the mercy of a brutal and violent police force following accusations of cult involvement. I liked the family dynamics in this one but
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nigeria, women-gender
What an excellent set of short stories exploring the human condition with all its flaws and neurosis. Adichie addresses the institution of marriage - arranged marriage, infidelity; same sex desire, sibling rivalry and the consequences of subordinating female children; she then intersects these with immigration and migration and interracial relationships. Each story is complete yet you feel it could also form the basis for a longer novel. Unlike many young Nigerian writers Adichie's language is u ...more
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
It’s been a few years since I’ve read Adichie’s novels, and this was a really welcome reminder of how much I enjoy her fiction. I love her prickly characters, the way she writes about resentment, the way she examines class interactions through many different angles. My vague plan was to read about 4 stories a day, but I ended up reading 9 of the 12 in the first day, which I think says it all. Like so many others, would LOVE to have another short story collection or novel from her soon.
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Feb 12, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of both contemporary literature and contemporary general fiction

2021 Update:
Since I read this work by Adichie I have discovered that she is an author who shares very different ideologies than I do. And therefore she is an author I feel I can no longer support as I am unable to separate the art from the artist. I shall leave my review intact but remove my rating.


If you ask me who my current favourite contemporary author is I will undoubtedly answer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her writing moves me like no one else's. She writes perfectly imperfect char
Peter Boyle
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
The Thing Around Your Neck is the second work of Adichie's that I've read, the first being the magnificent Americanah. This collection touches on a lot of same themes as that wonderful novel: the struggle of women in present day Nigeria, the plight of African immigrants in America. It also showcases her acute understanding of human relationships. Her stories feel important - you get the sense that you have learned something new about the world from each of them.

These vibrant, lyrical tales are a
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Thing Around Your Neck’ is a collection of 12 stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, all of which are uniformly great, although some stronger than others. (Some of which have been previously published separately elsewhere).

As with all short stories and particularly with these, almost by definition – they lack the depth, breadth and sophistication of longer novels – in this case Adichies wonderful ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, ‘Purple Hibiscus’ and ‘Americanah’.

With the best of novels, the reader is
Abbie | ab_reads
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I finished my last Adichie (except for Dear Ijeweale but that's so small 😭) and now I'm upset. As usual, it was golden and now I need any hint of news around an upcoming novel - or I'd take another short story collection!
The Thing Around Your Neck is made up of 12 short stories, musing on life in Nigeria and life in America as an immigrant, or both in the same story. I think out of the 12 there was only one that didn't make much of an impression (Ghosts), all of the others completely swep
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so thrilled that before he left this earth, Chinua Achebe blessed West Africa with a younger version of his literary self. Of her first three pieces:( Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun included) this Adichie collection seems to really highlight Achebe's influence and this is a thrilling thing to see.

Compelling and witty characters, revelatory stories, and just the right amount of sensory elements to help me visualize--just how I like my short stories. Then again, Chimamanda Adichie is
Deborah Obida
Buddy read with Snezana

This book is a collection of short pages, my ebook copy has just 193 pages and it has 12 stories. The stories are extremely short but they are captivating.

Chimamanda is such a great author, she captured the readers with her unique writing style. The stories are all written in different perspectives, two was written in second person, I'm not a second person POV fan but I loved this. The rest of the books were written in third person. The story is easy to understand and it i
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In most short story collection there are are always some stories that are better than others. Sometimes gap isn't that big (Liu's Paper menagerie and other stories, anything by Bradbury) but there are obvious favorites and weak links and there are those that involve full spectrum from bad to brilliant (any short story collection from Neil Gaiman). This is first time I read collection that I would rate every short story same. Everything is 4 stars range with no clear favorite and no clear weakest ...more
The first thing that came to Ujunwa's mind was to ask if Isabel ever needed royal blood to explain the good looks of friends back in London.
Look, I'm fully committed to rooting for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie until the Nobel Prize for Lit committee gets their collective head out of their collective ass and gives it to her (spare me the political yibble yabble. My knowing what's up hasn't killed my excitement yet, so leave me this and go ruin Santa Clause or US democracy or something of tha
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a beautiful collection of short stories! This was my first book by the praised Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and now I can understand why so many people have fallen in love with her writing. Her style is so mesmerizing and touching that you’ll have no problem getting attached to her characters, no matter how flawed these people might be or how different their lives are from yours.

“I was happy when I saw your picture,” he said, smacking his lips. “You were light-skinned. I had to think
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up
An excellent set of short stories which concentrate mostly on the lives and experiences of Nigerian women; ranging over issues such as tragedy, political and religious violence, new relationships (especially marriage), loneliness, sadness, displacement and the many problems of post colonialism. There is plenty of social and political comment, but it is wrapped up in human stories. The stories move between Nigeria and the US; the homeland and what is seen to be the Promised La
Resh (The Book Satchel)
The Thing Around Your Neck is a collection of 12 short stories, focusing mainly on the lives and experiences of middle class Nigerian women (save for one story, Ghosts that has a male narrator) who are caught up in political or religious violence or coping with unhappy marriages, or faced with unexpected disappointments etc

My favourite story is A Private Experience, in which a Christian medical student seeks shelter with a poor Muslim woman during a religious riot. Their kinsmen (Igbo and Hausa
I'm not typically a short story reader, especially in collections like this. But having read both of Adichie's novels (and loved them), i was curious to see how i would fare with her stories. I decided to read one per day during my lunch break, and after two days i was looking forward each day to the next story. Normally when reading a novel i look forward to finding out what happens next. My experience in the past with short stories is that i have struggled to read back-to-back stories by the s ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can barely begin to explain the catharsis of reading Adichie's prose. In particular, I am captivated by the way her stories respond to the expectations of "ethnic fiction" and "African fiction," as genres full of Third-world starvation and refugees. She deftly handles subjectivities of black African positionality, facets of identity which the market would slam as "inauthentic," or "not African enough." Her stories are delightfully astute, her characters cracking the lenses by which one might e ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2008
I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my more famous Nigerian alter-ego. These stories might not be literary perfect but they completely match my sensibilities. They touch on the same themes that haunt me and my sad attempts at writing - disappointment, self-consciousness, the immigrant experience on the very personal, intimate level.

Each story meant something to me and it would be hard for me to find the one that was my least favourite. I loved those that described the cultural foundation as sha
4.25 stars.

Good Lord, this collection of short stories is beautifully written. They're all compelling. They're all full of wonderful characters. They're all incredibly full of emotion. Every single one of them felt like it could have been fleshed out into a full length novel. And all of them had such an incredible sense of place and community and the immigrant experience.

Glorious, from start to finish.
My third by Adichie this year, and an ideal follow-up to Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah because it reworks or anticipates themes and settings from both novels. For instance, the former was in my mind while reading “Ghosts,” in which a retired mathematics professor meets an old colleague he assumed had died during the Biafran War. “Cell One” and “A Private Experience” picture a Nigeria rife with violence and rioting. The missing are presumed dead and the imprisoned are in danger of being ‘di ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CHIMAMANDA. A name that I heard three years ago. A name that I was trying so desperately to get familiar with. A name, to be honest, I fell in love with instantly. It is also a name that I found on Facebook during a time when she had written what I consider to be her masterpiece. Along with all that, it is also a name that I am glad I didn't try to read three years earlier because had I read her then, I know I would have pretended to like her words because I knew she was 'cool'.

I received The T
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has that rare ability to portray the contradictions of the human condition. Over and over again, she returns to themes of exile, homesickness, and alienation. In the title story, the young narrator gains a prized American visa and goes to her uncle’s home in Maine. “They spoke Igbo and ate garri for lunch and it was like home until your uncle came into the cramped basement where you slept and pulled you forcefully to him…” recalls the barely-adult girl.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won t

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