Once finished reading Americanah it’s evident that the summary does not hint the novel complexity.
The main character is Ifemelu and we meet her in the USA while she is making the decision to close her blog, leave her boyfriend and go back to live in Nigeria.
The novel goes from past to present, and reading it we reconstruct Ifemelu story, from the Nigerian childhood to the American life, and Obinze’s, Ifemelu’s boyfriend during university time in Nigeria. The book has also a geographical span: from Nigeria to England to the USA.
Ifemelu and Obinze story is an opportunity to tell about the dictatorship in Nigeria, the social situation deriving from it and about the immigrants issues in England and USA.
Americanah is also about race and racism and discrimination; in the USA Ifemelu opens a blog about racism / race and the short extract of blog posts are like mini-essay about various themes and they are truly interesting and inspiring.
Americanah is an immersion in a different culture, it’s an interesting and enjoyable book (I had the chance to appreciate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s narrative style in We should all be feminist and this novel confirmed how skilled she is); the only element I found clashing in the story is Ifemelu’s struggle to go back to Obinze, who is not a memorable character.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★☆½
*I read this book in english