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The Thing Around Your Neck Searing and profound suffused with beauty sorrow and longing the stories in The Thing Around Your Neck map with Adichie s signature emotional wisdom the collision of two cultures and the deeply

  • Title: The Thing Around Your Neck
  • Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • ISBN: 9780307271075
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Thing Around Your Neck By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, the stories in The Thing Around Your Neck map, with Adichie s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as one of the bSearing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, the stories in The Thing Around Your Neck map, with Adichie s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years Balti Sun , with prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes The Boston Globe The Washington Post called her the twenty first century daughter of Chinua Achebe Her award winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters hearts on display Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.In A Private Experience, a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she s been pushing away In Tomorrow is Too Far, a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother s death The young mother at the center of Imitation finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

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    1. 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 occ [...]

    2. 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 universi [...]

    3. 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 thr [...]

    4. Onvan The Thing Around Your Neck Nevisande Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ISBN 307271072 ISBN13 9780307271075 Dar 218 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009

    5. 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, resultin [...]

    6. 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 An [...]

    7. 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 dear And ju [...]

    8. 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 uncompli [...]

    9. 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 characters who I may not always like or even respect at times, but they always feel honest She has this amazing way of capturing both the ordinary and the extraordinary with her words and making either utterly captivating to read Without a doubt I would recommend that you go and pick up ANY of her novels and famili [...]

    10. 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 all mem [...]

    11. 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 left generall [...]

    12. 4.5 5The 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 that leve [...]

    13. 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 about my chi [...]

    14. 4.5 stars rounded upAn 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 Land, b [...]

    15. 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 one o [...]

    16. 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 same a [...]

    17. I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my 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 shaky ground [...]

    18. Como muchos, descubr las palabras de Chimamanda a trav s de un par de charlas TED que hay disponibles en la red The danger of a single story y We should all be feminists Ya entonces qued claro que esta mujer tiene mucho que decir y me entr curiosidad por leer algo suyo.Este libro es una colecci n de 12 relatos cortos, las ra ces de muchos de los cuales surgen de la propia experiencia de la autora naci en Enugu, Nigeria, y a la edad de 19 a os emigr a Estados Unidos para estudiar y desarrollar su [...]

    19. 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 expect to vi [...]

    20. 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.

    21. A fine collection of stories which confirms Adichie is equally adept at short fiction as at the novel Most of these stories are set in modern times, largely among Nigerian emigres in America She can tackle serious and humorous subjects with the same light touch and apparently effortless storytelling.

    22. 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 Again, in Arrangers of M [...]

    23. These, by now, are familiar stories of immigrants to America adjusting to a clash of cultures, which exposes faults on both sides and tests relationships Lahiri springs to mind, Mukherjee, or Le Thi Diem Thuy, but Adichie lacks Lahiri s subtlety and power and the latter s poetic wonder The stories set wholly in Africa detailing close scrapes with civil war unrest in Nigeria, or its prison system or, eg, a queue outside the American embassy in Lagos studiously ignoring the soldier flogging a besp [...]

    24. I am so glad that the course introduced this wonderful book and skilful writer into my life Adichie creates symbolism in such a subtle way that I had to reread to capture what I originally missed For example, in Tomorrow is too far I feel like the tree is a symbol of the brother s power Also, I enjoyed reading about the contrast of living in Nigeria like in Cell One where the local boys grown up watching Sesame Street, reading Enyd Blyton were now cutting through the mosquito netting of their ne [...]

    25. Adichie explores effect of politics, social changes, consumerism, familial conflicts, Africa as a unit vs Africa as seen by outside world, alienation in a foreign land, cultural diversity, ethnicity within the borders, moving to America for a better future, etc She uses these themes to expose humanity in sometimes gut wrenching and mostly realistic depiction of people She is a great observer of life and people around her Cell One is story of a handsome college student from a respectable family, [...]

    26. La potencia de la voz de los personajes de Chimamanda es envidiable Es el primer acercamiento que tengo a ella escribiendo ficci n y me dej con ganas de m s Muy recomendable.

    27. I m fond of short stories These were good, some of them truly adorable, mostly for the well developed characters I could relate to.

    28. S o doze contos que mostram que Chimamanda uma das mais importantes autoras que temos na atualidade e porqu Uma sensibilidade fora do comum e em cada hist ria uma empatia gigantesca Trata sobre imigra o, sobre o sonho americano , sobre cultura, desigualdade racial, social, cultural, conflitos religiosos e sobre as rela es que temos com nossa fam lia, nossa hist ria e outras pessoas Uma lindeza

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