Today I'm going to be reviewing a book that has been on my list of books to read for about two years now. It goes without saying, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is iconic. Love her or hate her , she's her own person and always makes sure her voice is heard. She is one of my favourite authors of all time and after reading The Thing Around Your Neck, I can now say that I have read all of her books. And I loved every single one, can't even pick a favourite one. (PS: She has a new book out this year!)
I've always wanted to read The Thing Around Your Neck and luckily for me, I found it in the library near my college. Without further ado, here's my review.
Name of Book: The Thing Around Your Neck
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Year of Publication: 2009
What I Loved: I loved how relatable the stories were, how I could feel emotions while reading. You know, sometimes you read and while you may enjoy the book you don't really feel anything. When Chimamanda writes, I feel like she connects with the readers. Makes you feel things. For example, I felt so angry while reading Jumping Monkey Hill and incredibly sad while reading Ghosts . I don't know if I'm explaining it properly, but yes that's what I loved the most about the book. The fact that I could connect with the characters.
What I Hated: I didn't hate anything about the stories, they were perfect. I just disliked the lack of continuity. Obviously they're all short stories but I wish I could know more. Like in Imitation , what happens to Nkem and Obiora after she moves back to Lagos. If Chinanza really leaves her husband later on in The Arrangers of Marriage. Or what becomes of the mother whose son is murdered in The American Embassy. I was left wanting more, which shows how good a storyteller Chimamanda is.
Final Verdict: I finished this book so quickly, goes to show that I really liked it. To be fair, it's not a long book. The stories were wonderful , ranging from light hearted to very sad. I encourage you to all get it. It's a great read. xx
You can get it online here (it's on sale actually and there's free worldwide delivery). If you live in Nigeria, it should also be in most bookshops e.g. The Hub in Palms, the Terra Kulture bookshop, Glendora and so on.