The Thing Around Your Neck
  • The Thing Around Your Neck
  • The Thing Around Your Neck
  • The Thing Around Your Neck
ISBN: 0307455912
EAN13: 9780307455918
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 1, 2010
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 8.03" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A dazzling story collection from the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists

In these twelve riveting stories, the award-winning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie's signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them.

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   Engaging writing; engaging stories
Adichie can tell a long story, but she can also lock it up and produce stories that are concentrates. In this collection, each story is the length it needs to be. Some are vignettes with a closure. The characters are developed exactly to the extent that they need to be. Supporting characters are not attractive, but in their own right they are flat. The stories written in the second person place you exactly in the heart of the character, because you are in pain or are conflictedhappy resolved. What I will look for next from Adichie is venturing into new ground. She explored cultural hyphenation from an experiential perspective. She can now share stories of people who are wholly rooted in a culture with us. And perhaps it is that culture that forms a positive story... or one of hope or a tragic resolution.
   Sometimes things around your neck are beautiful
The thing around your neck is a collection of wonderful short stories that deal with the pathos of life in the big man '' Nigeria. Some of the stories are good outtakes from longer stories, but all are outtakes. The thing around your neck can be beautiful, strangling, even if you hold your head upright so that you can breathe. I highly recommend this collection.
   Just a Great Read
I did not realize that this was a book of different stories, but I enjoyed the variety of prose and short settings thoroughly. Another winner of Chimamanda!
   Not her best work. I found myself getting too attached to ...
I found myself too attached to the characters and the stories too short ''.
   What a disappointment ! so sad!
So far I'm on page one hundred and it is not interesting to me. Because I make this challenge of finishing the book, if it were not for this challenge, I would not have finished this story. Her other books are fabulous, but this one is not as good as her others so far.
   Multiple perspectives lots of suffering
If you are looking for a myriad of views into Nigerian culture at home and abroad, this is a great book. I thought I was missing something maybe some connection or unity between stories in content or style...
   An enlightening sojourn into pieces of African Life
I found most of the stories within this book engaging, as they told me of a perspective, people, and world that I was unfamiliar with. Stories that show the way in which African culture is represented and consumed, when combined with Western culture, a theme in many of the stories.
   Fantastic collection of stories!
Especially the final story and the title story! If you're a fan of Americanah, like me, you won 't be disappointed.
   Excellent read!
I finished the book in 3 days and I can 't get enough of her writing.
   Importance of Stories
Recently, I saw a TED Talks address by the author, which led me to purchase this first book. A joy because it brought stories of a way of life and culture that we know in my Caribbean country so little as black people. I believe that we learn from Africa what the rest of the world does. It was also a pain to tell in these stories that in these stories, it is also a reality of how much we take history and customs and stories are preserved and passed to generations. We've somehow learned that our stories are not interesting enough, unless taught through a certain perspective that imitates what is already out there. This is my first, but will not be my last read by this author. Merciful to you for sharing stories so wonderfully and purposefully.