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I also found Ifemelu to be contemptible and selfish. The story did tie up one loose end but I questioned whether it should have ended as it did.
It has happened again. I started to read a book and I was enchanted. As with Russian novels, I had to write down all the names of people and places. Since I was reading on Kindle I could not write on the book itself.
Ifemelu: the main female character, brave, impulsive, curious, successful blogger. She used to blog about race, blogs about life in the happy end.
Princeton: the American University town where the book starts.
Aunty Uju: near friend and relative of Ifemelu, we meet her as a medical doctor in US, later on we learn that she has been the mistress of a killed Nigerian general.
Ginika: Ifemelu’s friend from Nigeria. She helps Ifemelu to settle down when she first arrives in US.
Blaine: ifemelu’s boyfriend of her last three years in Us. University professor at Princeton.
Obinze: second main character. Ifemelu’s first and last boyfriend of the book. He represents her country and her life love or love to life. Also called The Zed by friends and Ceiling by Ifemelu.
Dike: Ifemelu’s cousin, son of Aunty Uju and the general.
Ranyunudo: Ifemelu’s girl friend through life.
Igbo: People of South-East Nigeria
Kosi: Obinze’s wife.
Buchi: Obinze’s daughter.
Nsukka: Nigerian town.
Lagos: Nigerian city, capital until 1991.
Curt: Ifemelu’s boyfriend during her early days in US. He helps her to become an American citizen.
Americanah jumps on top of my own book range, before Anna Karenina and Knausgård Min Kamp. Reading this book I went inside my own never ending longing and integration process; I learned about Nigeria and its growing middle class I did not know anything about before; I read an exquisite English text that was perfect for somebody like me who has and always will have English as a second or third language.
The main character Ifemelu is born and raised in Nigeria. Due to a really unstable
government, she has to go to the US to finish her college education. She has to part
from her family and her boyfriend since high school, Obinze (or Ceiling, as she calls him).
She encounters some dark times while overseas and falls out of touch with Ceiling.
Meanwhile he has moved on with his life in Nigeria, becoming a successful businessman
and marrying a woman he does not love.
Years later, Ifemelu finally returns home. She and Ceiling reconnect.
I won't go farther than that but this book is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the characters
and I sincerely hope there is a sequel someday.
"But race is not biological; race is sociology. Race is not GENotype; race is PHENotype. race matters because of racism. And
racism is ABSURD because it's about HOW you look. Not about the blood you have. It is about the color of your skin and the
shape of your nose and the kink of your hair." emphasis added.
We as a global society, long, long ago, CREATED racism. We have a collective universal silent agreement on the definition of race. Because we have a collective created universal agreement, we have the choice to re-define the collective universal definition of race. Yes, appreciate, take pride in your ethnicity, your traditions, your genealogy.
Let's consider Merriam Webster's definition of
Race: a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits.
Race: noun, homo sapiens
Americanah is the book to start the conversation.
Can we come to a collective universal definition of:
Race: noun, homo sapiens, the species of human beings that exist today