Book review: Americanah

TAMERICANAH_AD1he book Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is one of the best books I have read in a long time, and it would perfectly fit as our next community text. It includes themes of perseverance, identity and conviction. On top of cliché, it makes the reader look at the world in a whole new way, while enjoying a fascinating and rousing novel. The book is a combination of love and race, circling around the two main characters, Ifemelu and Obinze. The whole story line circles around the tragic love story of Ifemelu and Obinze and with her personal style of writing, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is able to really deliver the emotions surrounding the tragedy of the action. However, through the book she critics the current social structures, often defined by skin color, and gives a deep insight in the African culture and the experiences, challenges and stereotypes Africans have to face in other countries. The novel really opened my eyes to a whole new point of view, and this book challenges everyone who reads it to rethink, understand, and improve their current attitudes about race, which is sadly still an issue defining our social structures. The book is great for everyone, because it is working and connecting multiple genres: immigrant saga, romance, comedy, coming-of-age novel and race. All of this makes it an exceptional reading experience.

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