Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A robust, delicate tale of race and identification by way of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning writer of half a Yellow Sun.

Ifemelu and Obinze are younger and in love after they go away military-ruled Nigeria for the West. appealing, confident Ifemelu heads for the USA, the place regardless of her educational luck, she is compelled to grapple with what it capacity to be black for the 1st time. Quiet, considerate Obinze had was hoping to affix her, yet with post-9/11 the US closed to him, he as an alternative plunges right into a harmful, undocumented existence in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion--for one another and for his or her place of origin.

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Vith all m:· might I struggled to open them. They opened j ust a narrow crack again. The moo:-� came out. to shine upon them dust and ashes . I sa w a little girL Pointing \\ith her fin ger, she said. " :\ Iy eyes opened and I saw Father. holdi n g his cup of \\ine. about t o chant the blessi n g over the \\ine. hesitating. waiting . -\fraid that I might dis turb the quiet of the house. I wanted to explain to Father. letting my eyes speak for me. telling him why I had delayed comin g for so long.

An unspotted moon slips out of the clouds; another moon rises to meet her in the waters of the pond. They stand, face to face, like a pair of Sabbath candles. To what might the Ark have been compared at that moment? To a woman who extends her palms in prayer, while her breasts-the Tables of the Covenant-are lifted with her heart, beseeching her Father in Heaven : "l\Iastcr of the Uni­ verse, this soul which Thou hast breathed into him Thou hast taken from him, so that now he is cast before Thee, like a body without its soul, and Dinah, this unspotted soul, has gone forth naked into exile.

Before I could loosen it, my heart began racing in strong emotion, and the sweetness, which I had already felt, doubled and redoubled. I took off the kerchief and gave it to the beg­ gar. He took it and wound it around his sores. The sun came and stroked my neck. I looked around. There was not a creature in the market, but a pile of stones lay there and reflected the sun's light. For a little while I stood there without thinking. Then I moved my feet and returned home. 13 When I reached the house I walked around it on all four sides.

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