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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  Ifemula leaves Nigeria to come to America to complete her education. Obinze, while wanting to go to America, goes to England. The lives they live there are different than what they anticipated. They live immigrant lives which includes lying to get jobs, pretending to be others, taking the lowest jobs available. Both eventually return to Nigeria, changed by their experiences, yet trying to find their pasts.

I enjoyed the story. I could not easily relate to Ifemula. I had an easier time relating to
Ifemula leaves Nigeria to come to America to complete her education. Obinze, while wanting to go to America, goes to England. The lives they live there are different than what they anticipated. They live immigrant lives which includes lying to get jobs, pretending to be others, taking the lowest jobs available. Both eventually return to Nigeria, changed by their experiences, yet trying to find their pasts.

I enjoyed the story. I could not easily relate to Ifemula. I had an easier time relating to Obinze. I had a hard time understanding why someone spends their life wanting to leave their homeland, leaves it, then returns but spends their time looking at the negatives of the society and thinking of the things they left behind.

I liked learning of the cultural differences and how they change a person's perspective of a society and culture. I also liked seeing the U.S. from another culture's point of view. It was eye-opening.