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Fourth Estate, 2014

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, ...

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As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face? Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.
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Recenze, kritiky

‘A delicious, important novel’ The Times

‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent

‘Some novels tell a great story and others make you change the way you look at the world. Americanah does both.’ Guardian

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Jak se vám kniha líbila?

4,0 / 5

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Katarina Szulenyiová

Tento příspěvek prozrazuje důležité momenty děje, proto je skrytý, abychom vám nepokazili zážitek ze čtení.

This novel, together with Homegoing from Yaa Gyasi, taught me more about racism and slavery than all of my history classes in high school and university combined.

Americanah is piercing, Americanah is emotional, Americanah is a book that made me forget the world around me.

So what was it about? Let me borrow Ifemelu’s thought, with which I wholeheartedly agree - “Why did people ask “What it is about?” as if a novel had to be about only one thing?”

Americanah is the quote’s living proof. Ranging from racism, immigration, politics, through family relationships and mental illness, all the way to the questions of identity and the importance of reading, the book is a breathtaking rollercoaster that takes you across continents to discover what you are made of.

While not a love story per se, Adichie leverages a relationship between Ifemelu and Obinze as a framework which allows her to examine all the above mentioned topics from several different angles.

The one that gave me the most was definitely the topic of race. Never before have I understood how the concept comes into being (“I didn't think of myself as black until I left Nigeria”), and never before have I even come to think of the possible sourness between the American Blacks and the Non-American Blacks (“Well, if you all hadn’t sold us, we wouldn’t be talking about any of this.”). Even though the blog inserts have been marked by other reviewer as exaggerated, I loved them, as it was thanks to their provocative character they resonated so deep within me, made me stop reading, and forced me to formulate my own opinion about the topic at hand.

I also closely related with the underlying question of identity. How does our native environment shape who we are, and once we move to a new continent or culture, do we also change with it? Where do we truly belong, and how much should we succumb to the external pressures for the sake of fitting in?

Adichie described the life of people seeking a better future in an unfamiliar place with so much vivid detail and Ifemelu showed so much realistic introspection, that somewhere halfway through the book I started to suspect it is more of an autobiography rather than anything else. Her bittersweet insights, her conflicting thoughts, the nitty-gritty situations she stumbled upon, they made the whole reading experience come to life. Just thinking back to the hair-braiding salon, Ifem’s “discovery” of reading in the university library, or the election of Obama, I felt as though I was right there in the room, living through it all.

Not to mention that the prose itself is a true masterpiece. Same as with Purple Hibiscus, Adichie crafts sentences that transport you halfway across the world and make feel at home in places you have never visited before. Same as Obinze, sometimes I felt that the text “is like poetry.”

At the end, I didn’t give the book full five stars for two reasons.

Firstly, there was a slight lack of personality in Obinze, as well as all the other side characters. Possibly everyone apart from Ifemelu herself, and maybe Aunty Uju and Dike, felt a bit as a one-dimensional caricature embodying pre-defined personality traits. The characters lacked life, and especially with Obinze, Curt and Blaine, they made Ifem’s relationships and interactions less tangible, less believable.

Secondly, I disliked the ending. Apart from curiously introducing a whole new set of irrelevant characters discussing irrelevant topics, the end of the storyline felt a bit too forced and fairytale like, taking away the whole realistic feel of the book.

Nevertheless, even despite this, Americanah remains for me a highlight of this year that helped me create a new lens through which to understand the world around me.

I have listened to this book for the first time as an audiobook, and loved it so much I wanted to have a hard copy at home. Therefore, I cannot export my highlights, so instead I am sharing my favourite quotes below:

“Nobody in Kinshasa had panic attacks. It was not event that it was called by another name, it was simply not called at all. Did things begin to exist only when they were named?”

“Outside, the leaves were falling from grand old trees, people with scarf-bundled necks hurried along the sidewalk holding paper cups, the women, particularly the Asian women, pretty in slander skirts and high-heeled boots.”

“They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well-fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to do dangerous things, illegal thing, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty.”

“Obinze feared she would grow up to be a woman who, with that word “amen”, would squash the questions she wanted to ask of the world.”

“She was standing at the periphery of her own life, sharing a fridge and a toilet, a shallow intimacy, with people she did not know at all. People who lived in exclamation points.”

“Aunty Uju shrugged: she was sitting at the dining table, a medical textbook open in front of her, eating a hamburger from a rumpled paper bag. Her skin dry, her eyes shadowed, her spirit bleached of colour.”

“Still, she was at peace: to be home, to be writing her blog, to have discovered Lagos again. She had, finally, spun herself fully into being.”
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