- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 31, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E978YXA
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The love story centers around Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love as teenagers in their home country of Nigeria. As they approach adulthood, their lives take completely different paths. Ifemelu emigrates to the United States, where she attends college and then finds success writing a popular blog about race in America. Obinze embarks on a dangerous, undocumented life in London before returning home to Nigeria and becoming a wealthy businessman.
The two soulmates lose touch for years, and while they pursue other romantic relationships, each harbors a deep longing for the other. When Ifemelu finally returns home to Nigeria, their paths cross once again.
This was, as a whole, an uneven read for me. It took me a good 100+ pages to get into it, and then once I became truly invested in Ifemelu’s journey, it switched abruptly to the less interesting Obinze, then descended into a lackluster final act. At nearly 600 pages, I can understand how some readers find it difficult to stay engaged.
The thing is, Ifemelu’s experiences, plus her insights on the black immigrant experience and the complexities of race in America, make the book wholly worth reading. Her chapters frequently close with entries from her blog, and the blog entries—with titles like “Friendly Tips for the American Non-Black: How to React to an American Black Talking About Blackness”—are absolutely brilliant and essential. One of the things I found most fascinating throughout was her exploration of the differences between being a Non-American Black vs. an African American.
There’s a whole lot to absorb within these pages. This is a book that I’ll recommend to everyone I know, with the caveat that the relationship aspects of the story aren’t wholly original or inspired. What it lacks there, it more than makes up for everywhere else.
Needless to say, I absolutely adored this book. It was incredibly well-written and worth all 500+ pages necessary. The characters were so alive o felt like they were in the same room as me. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite books.
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