Travelling the World with Books

A blog in which I describe a literary project to Travel the World with Books. I will include synopsis's of the books, historical context, conversations with my reading partner and my thoughts on the books. Feel free to comment any thoughts or recommendations for foreign books I can read.

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8. 5th June 2018

Americanah (review by Lucie)   Overall a very enjoyable, readable and compelling book.        Set in Nigeria, the US and England, the main characters in Americanah are all Nigerian with the story being primarily told from the perspective of Ifemelu, a strong female lead. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an author but also a feminist and if you haven't already, I would recommend you listen to her TED talk 'We should all be feminists'  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc).

     As a white British person it was a very informative and at times saddening reflection on the experience of being black in a white country. This is encapsulated in a quote that really stood out to me: 'I wasn't black until I came to America'. The story looks at the issue of race through the eyes of those wanting to improve their life chances by migrating to study and work. It is also a very human story: the details of living, studying and loving through the late teen years and 20s.  We are also offered a snapshot of life in Nigeria with a small amount of history and an insight into the motivation to leave.

     The race element ties in well with another book that I'm reading  at the moment - 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge.  I can't help but wish these books were wider read - it would make such a difference.

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