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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 ThemChimamanda 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 StatesIn 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 ThemSearing 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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    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 occur to me to read a book of short stories by an African writer Shame on me How delightful that my library project has given me this gift The Thing Around Your Neck These short stories were gripping, eye opening, tragic, hopeful and universal I loved them all I appreciated the author s economic style, her distinct voice and her honesty I highly recommend this book for other egocentric overfed Americans like me, especially those who want to write well You could learn a lot, about the world, about Africa and about good writing from the author, Adichie.

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    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 university s gangs and thrown in jail The father who is a university professor uses his position in the town to bribe policemen to get his son freed The other stories that occur in Nigeria also involve either police violence, warfare during the revolution, or infighting between Christian and Muslim sects Despite the almost constant warfare, the Nigeria that Adichie writes of is one of open air markets, joyful cultural celebrations, and a harmattan dry season during the winter that makes Nigerians abroad long to return This is especially evident in story of the retired professor who returned from the United States and the woman at the embassy who chose to return to her family s ancestral village than seek a visa to asylum The title story sums up Adichie s feelings for Nigerians living in the United States American life is easy rich people turning down food and still leaving a tip, a sterile lifestyle devoid of culture, people obsessing with minute details that aren t even heard of in Africa The characters in these stories all long to go back whether for an extended holiday or to live Most were children of the wealthy class and came either for school or because they thought they could provide an even better life for their children Yet, these children end up speaking English, wanting pizza rather than native food, and desiring to change their names Rather than a better opportunity, the children become typical American immigrants, and the African parents feel choked, pining to return to the Nigeria that they love Adichie s rich prose had me enthralled from the first pages This is the first time that I have read her work, and I can see how her full length novels have won awards Even in stories as short as ten pages, she has used vivid language to create multi layered characters I especially noticed this in the protagonists in Jumping Monkey Hill and The Shivering These characters were so real and developed that I could not help feel their current life situation even after briefly reading about them Adichie ends her collection with The Headstrong Historian, a story of three generations of Africans coping with finding a balance between Christian proselytization and preserving their culture The women in this story love their Nigerian culture and desire that it be passed down to successive generations This is the Nigeria that Adichie has created for me in this collection a country rich with culture that even if she has undergone her share of hardships, is a country looking toward the future, and one that all Nigerians living abroad long to return to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has created deep characters with her rich prose here, and I look forward to reading her full length novels The Thing Around Your Neck easily rates 4.5 shining stars.

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    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 through Interpreter of Maladies I was already familiar with Adichie s writing, so each story serves as an invitation to delve deeply into Nigeria s near history and the experiences of Nigerians in contemporary America The specter of political chaos and brutal military action hangs heavily over several stories, including the opener, Cell One, in which a young woman s brother is held in jail under the threat of permanent incarceration A Private Experience, that looks in on two women one Christian Igbo, the other Muslim Hausa hiding together in a shop while riots break out in the city streets around them The American Embassy, where the reader stands in line with a woman who has just suffered an unspeakable loss and is seeking asylum in the States and hauntingly, in Ghosts when a man meets a former colleague who he thought had been killed in the Biafran War many years ago But all politics is personal, and Adichie s stories are most intimate when her characters appear stranded in a strange place the United States She presents women in various stages of acculturation, but nearly all are lonely and betrayed, betrayed by their own expectations, by men who promised them a future, as in Imitation, Arrangers of Marriage On Monday of Last Week, one of my favorites, calls to mind a later scenario in Adichie s 2012 novel Americanah, in which an educated Nigerian woman serves as an au pair for a wealthy family, and also presents Americanah s theme of what it means to be a black African in race sensitive America.Adichie also works through the delicate balance of literary achievement and authenticity, so brilliantly and sharply rendered in Jumping Monkey Hill, where a pan African collective of writers gathers at a retreat in east Africa, only to be pandered to and condescended by their benefactor, a lecherous snob.The collection s final story, The Headstrong Historian, almost feels like it belongs to some other collection, for some other reader It is set in a much younger state of Nigeria, in the early half of the 20th century, when Nigeria was still a colony It is a tapestry of history and culture and begs to be unraveled and recreated into a much longer narrative Adichie s themes are so relevant and contemporary see all politics is personal , one could almost assign her the bothersome label of agenda writer And she s all too aware of that pitfall grabbing onto the label and thrusting it into her own story Jumping Monkey Hill What separates her, makes her voice irresistible, is her gorgeous storytelling First and foremost with Adichie, it is the story It is those characters who breathe, hearts beating, skin warm It is the setting, the harmattan winds that suck moisture from the very air, or the chill of autumn in America It is what people feel, what makes them laugh and cry, what stirs their passions Chimamanda Adichie is a sublime storyteller Only later do you realize how much you ve learned under the guidance of her strong and generous voice.

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    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, resulting in a heightened sense of realism All these characters are between two cultures, and many of them have emigrated from Nigeria to the United States Adichie herself left the university of Nigeria in order to go to university in the United States, where she completed her bachelor and masters degrees Some of her characters have similar educational aspirations, others may be following their husbands, and some characters have moved to the United States in search of a better life These stories, although set in Nigeria and America, remind me a little of Monica Ali s novel Brick Lane 2003 , in that they focus on the hope and imagined promise of being introduced to a new culture, but its ultimate disappointment Most of these characters are women, who have one foot back at home and one foot in the new world They are eager for new experiences, and some feel a duty to fit in and become American but they also want to retain their cultural identity, the essence of where they came from and what made them how they are They resist severing ties with the old ways, and becoming subsumed into what they see as Americans Adichie fills her stories with details of Nigerian life, names and descriptions of foods and dishes There are many scenes depicting cooking and eating, as one lonely woman after another tries to hang on to their identity in one of life s most basic ways, by filling the empty place inside herself with familiar food from home.Although the stories are a joy to read, and one critic has said, She makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong ,they are not optimistic stories, but stark portrayals, filled with loneliness and despair Each is a perfect isolated little gem Adichie has taken a slice of life, and moulded and crafted it into a piece where the senses are heightened, and we are aware of the detail She includes both history and the present, and switches between tenses seamlessly, emphasising the feeling of reality.The first story in The Thing Around Your Neck is called Cell One It begins, The first time our house was robbed, it was our neighbor Osita who stole our TV, our VCR, and the Purple Rain and Thriller videotapes our father had brought back from America In the book s very first sentence, then, we have a sense of disturbance, of a Nigeria which might have been Immediately we have a sense of American influence on the young Nigerians This is a dark tale indeed, setting the tone for the entire collection.It tells how the narrator s brother, Nnamabia, begins to get into trouble as a teenager He seems to go from bad to worse, stealing jewellery from his mother and being suspected of even worse things Eventually Nnamabia is arrested, along with a group of cult boys who carry out gun crimes in the neighbourhood targeting one college and its professors The narrator s father, who is a professor and her mother, are convinced that their son is innocent, and the story describes their experiences at the hands of the police and the prison guards We also follow also the experience of Nnamabia, who starts out bragging that he enjoys life in his prison cell, but soon changes his mind view spoiler He is very disturbed when an old man who has done no wrong, but is there on behalf of his son, is thrown into a cell and abused We learn about the infamous Cell One Eventually Nnamabia is released back to his family, but there has been a lot of corrupt practice in order for this to happen hide spoiler

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    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 And while I didn t love every single one, there was something of merit in them all And there were quite a few that I deeply, deeply loved and want to read over and over again.Favorites include A Private Experience, Jumping Monkey Hill LOVED IT , Tomorrow Is Too Far, and the final story The Headstrong Historian this last one is very reminiscent of Achebe, and a great concluding piece to the collection If you are looking to get into reading short stories, or interested in Adichie s writing at all, I feel like this is an excellent place to start While I think her novels are brilliant, I almost enjoyed diving into these small worlds for a brief moment even enjoyable She has a very strong sense of style that I can t quite put my finger on, but many of these stories were reminiscent of her other works What draws me to her stories is the new perspective I almost always walk away with after reading from her I m introduced to a new culture and new attitudes, while still feeling familiar with the characters because she writes from an often youthful perspective She addresses patriarchy, immigration to American and other nations , gender, and sexuality so excellently So if you enjoy these topics or these stories at all, I m sure you will like her longer pieces of literature.

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    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 just when I was doing so well with the books already in the house.

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    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 uncomplicated and every word has its place and purpose The writing appears effortless and there are gems of insight On America the abundance of unreasonable hope On white people white people who like Africa too much and those who liked Africa to little were the same condescending.

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    She s the Queen, our literary Beyonce who delivers the goods with an earlier collection of short stories You can see here the briefest of outlines that will become Americanah later Confidently African stories told with a measured awareness of Western sensibilities That storyteller voice that gently leads you across the page with a sharp eye and wry line Adichie is so adept at alluding to deeper themes with a light touch that doesn t slow down your reading If I m going to quibble the stories can be somewhat jarring in their abrupt end, building steam only to be just as quickly discarded Like songs that end sharply just as you re expecting a third verse.