Happy August! Welcome to my blog about books, A Thousand Lives Between Pages. My name is Cassie and I am an avid reader and writer. One of my greatest passions is talking about books, which is how this idea started. This year I have read eighteen so far and I will begin to review and post weekly. I read books from all genres and will try to post a different variety every week. I’m designating Sunday as my posting day, but thought I’d put a little something up today to start. This is a review of one of my favorite books I read last year: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is book that requires time to read, as each page deserves to be absorbed and contemplated. It is a compelling story of two young Nigerians whose lives weave an intricate web of love, loss, and identity. Alternating between the journeys of Ifemelu and Obinze, Americanah follows the lovers from adolescence in Nigeria to adulthood abroad, using their experiences to examine culture, class, and race in the western world. As I read, I was captivated by Adichie’s writing. Her voice is honest and unfaltering, drawing you into each scene and allowing the emotions to flow through you as though you were the one experiencing each moment of joy, heartache, and absurdity. This story admirably conveys the emotion of being human; longing for a fullness in your soul, with a wandering spirit always searching for perfect contentment. Americanah is an important book which studies the delicate intricacies of human relationships and the underlying sociology subconsciously pressuring the way we think about and act towards those different than or the same as ourselves. Adichie does a wonderful job at shining a light on racial disparities in America and the systemic oppression of Black Americans. I highly recommend this book.