L. had been nagging me for some time to read this and, I have to say, she was right. I'm happy I took the time to read it because it's quite a brilliant novel. A perfect follow-up after The Shadow of the sun with its Africa context. I especially liked the 'novel' aspect of Adichie's book. She really uses all facets that the novel offers and makes something unique and refreshing out of it. Multiple characters, each with their own storyline, that converge during the book. Perfect switching back and forth in time, between the time before the Nigerian civil war and during it. I also like the way you read a personal story that incorporates a bigger (and truthful) story. Normally I'm a bit wary of big novels (440 pages this) but I have to say that it's also a plus if a writer takes her time to develop characters and plot and gives you a book that you can live in for a while (for lack of a better metaphor). Maybe I should get over my fear of big novels. After all, it's better to read one good book, instead of two bad ones. Anyway, I think I'd like to check out Adichie's most recent book of stories too, The Thing around her neck. I like her.
19 August 2012