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The Thing Around Your Neck [Kindle Edition]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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"These 12 stories explore Nigerians' experience of America where, oddly, fat people are poor and the rich are thin, cultures clash and dreams are unfulfilled. Adichie's storytelling and Andoh's narration are so compelling, I miss the characters now the stories are over." Rachel Redford, The Observer "Adjoa Andoh has read all Adichie's books so far and, for me at least, has become the author's authentic voice." Sue Arnold, The Guardian"


From the Orange Prize-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ come twelve dazzling stories that turn a penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West.

In 'A Private Experience', a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she's been pushing away.

In 'Tomorrow Is Too Far', a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother's death.

The young mother at the centre of 'Imitation' finds her comfortable life threatened when she learns that her husband back in Lagos has moved his mistress into their home.

And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to re-examine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prodigious storytelling powers.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 330 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 241 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0307397904
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate (13. März 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RI9TFU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #20.335 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Couldn't stop reading! 28. Juni 2010
Von Blume
This book is from one of my favourite authors, Ms. Adichie. I've also read her two previous books and each time I was not disappointed. They're always a pleasure to read. People with a connection to Nigeria will recognise much of what is portrayed in the short stories of the book. That is what I particularly love about the book. It's a good read and the many short stories tell of different situations and challenges Nigerians find themselves in in life and how they handle them along with the cultural baggage they carry with them. I love it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unbedingt lesen! 28. August 2014
Von die Antje
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Ms Adichie ist einfach eine der besten Autorinnen ever! Als Wanderer zwischen den Kulturen versteht sie es ganz wunderbar, uns aus dem "Westen" einen Einblick in die afrikanische, insbesondere nigerianische Welt zu geben - und umgekehrt. Ihre Protagonistinnen in den Kurzgeschichten dieses Buches sind zumeist eher junge, eher gebildete Frauen, in die ich mich sehr gut einfühlen konnte. Die typischen Erwartungen, Vorstellungen und auch Vorurteile der Kulturen dem jeweils anderen gegenüber werden ebenso deutlich wie der oft aufreibende Spagat der afrikanischen Gesellschaft zwischen Tradition und Moderne. Auch für Menschen, die mit Afrika wenig Berührungspunkte haben, sehr lehrreich und berührend.

ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass dieses Buch bzw. einzelne Stories sich auch bestens für den Englischunterricht der Oberstufe eignen würde.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unstoppable 27. März 2011
Von M. W.
A phantastic read, even better than her novels! Creates a lot of understanding for the situation of women in African societies!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Easy access to interesting pieces of literature 30. November 2013
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I endeavor learning to know another author who has caught international attention. In Germany it is not easy to become otherwise exposed to such literature in English language.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Short story gems 5. Juli 2009
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These are beautiful, whimsical stories of culture shifting, of the intersection of differing African cultures with each other and in particular, the intersections of Nigerian culture, beliefs and experiences with that of the US. Ngozi Adichie's characters are poor, struggling housemaids, young African authors trying to make it as writers with the doubtful aid of English "African literature lovers", Big Men grown fat and over confident with power, influence and wealth, poor students trying to make their way in Western universities, retired academics waiting patiently, but without faith, for their pensions to be paid. Her best characters are the barely noticeable outsiders, those treading the at time treacherous, at times pitiful borders between Africa family and tribal norms and the consumer driven West. The wars, massacres and revolutions here are not those of Old Europe, but of Young Africa yet they have the same, stark effect of those who remember and mark their lives by these epoch-making events. These stories reward and enrich at a number of levels and provoke reflection long after the book is read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Snapshots into the lifestyles of Nigerians at home and in diaspora! 15. Juli 2009
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Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's newest novel is a collection of 12 short stories, some of which have been previously printed in journals under different names ("The arrangers of marriage" was published as "New husband" in Iowa Review).

Written in her trademark fluid and highly descriptive style (akin to fellow Nigerian Chinua Achebe's), they tell tales familiar to most Nigerians; Cult activity in Nigerian universities, late (or no) pension payments to retired civil servants, a husband's affair and the troubling effect on the wife, Religious riots in a Northern Nigerian city and their aftermath, a morning at the US embassy, a US visa lottery winner's experience in the US, sibling rivalry, and a new bride's awakening after an arranged marriage to mention a few.

Much like her previous books, the tales usually feature some strong female character (or some seemingly weak and docile female who develops strength over the course of the tale) and are set in reference to some real life occurrences in Nigeria; a plane crash that occurs on the same day as the first lady's death after plastic surgery, living under an oppressive military regime, etc.

My only complaint is that a few of the stories seem to grind to an abrupt halt just when you are expecting them to take further flight. She is just as pretty in the flesh as she appears in photos, I saw her at a book reading and signing for this book last week. Another literary classic!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Utterly beautiful prose, and astonishingly beautiful stories 12. Januar 2010
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The thing around your neck is an absorbing and beautiful collection of short stories which blew me away and has sent me off in search of more of her stories. Each story in here, all of them, are utterly gripping and told without labouring the point. Right from the first paragraph in the first story I was gripped.

Cmimamanda Ngozi Adiche tells stories of her native Igbu (sp) people of Nigeria but from many different angles. From the story of a young boy, son of university lecturer and professionals going off the rails as observed by his sister, to the story of young wife installed in a large mansion in America by her husband who finds out her husband has a moved a mistress into their house in Nigeria.

I found the range of stories and tales that Adichie tackled the most interesting. She is able to tell different stories from vastly different people, and tell them sparingly yet with deeply observed nuance. No point is laboured but the ideas flow out of the text richly.

Adichie is now one of my must buy authors.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen AN ACCESSIBLE WRITER 18. November 2009
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Chimamanda is a very accessible writer. She presents a beautiful collection of tales, with African women, especially Igbo women, at the centre of the tales.

Her style is free-flowing, highly redolent of one who has mastered the art of story telling.Her diction is not too facile or incomprehensible. This serves to engage the reader fully, and one gets to appreciate the plainness, simplicity, strength, and beauty of her prose.

The story I loved the most was "Ghosts", followed by "The Headstrong Historian".Most of the other stories were good but some did not resonate well with me.I felt they were a bit weak in content, and the themes were lost on me.However this is not to take away any credit from Chimamanda.

She pits Western ideals against traditional Igbo values, and leaves the reader to judge which is better. However, in some instances,I believe she tacitly admits that the Igbo norms and cultures are superior to Western ways with their detachment from communal norms, a lack of respect for age, religious morality etc.The African is presented most times in the best possible light,but this does not mean an abdication of blame in the ills that forever plague us in the developing parts of the world.In some stories, the inane practices of pre-existing traditional societies is mentioned e.g curbing promiscuity by insertion of herbs into the female.It would have been nice to see a condemnation of such practices.However, that was not the point of that particular story.

There is an overt feminist tone in most of the stories, which is quite understandable .And I commend her depiction of strong, feminine characters, the situations they encounter, and how they are dealt with in every facet of daily existence.

As an African, and Nigerian, I am proud of Chimamanda's achievements so far, and hope that her success will open the doors for other young, fledgling writers in Nigeria, who are seeking an avenue to be read by the rest of the world.Indeed, there are more stories in that part of the African continenet waiting to be told.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen 3.5 stars 11. November 2012
Von E. Smiley - Veröffentlicht auf
Although I'm not a short story fan, I picked this up because Half of a Yellow Sun is a work of genius and so I'm interested in reading anything Adichie writes (Purple Hibiscus is good too, but with some first-novel problems). The stories in this collection are interesting and well-crafted, but left me with some reservations.

There are 12 unrelated, bite-size short stories in the collection; half are set in Nigeria and another five feature Nigerian immigrants in the northeast United States. The subject matter varies: a teenage girl's brother is wrongly arrested and detained; a retired professor waits for a pension that never comes; a well-educated immigrant takes a job as a nanny for an American family and develops a crush on the child's mother. But there are common themes, in particular the tension between Nigerian political and economic realities that impel people to immigrate, and the difficulties they face in a new country. The stories have diverse plots and are well-structured. A few begin with interesting hooks and then fizzle out, but for the most part they feel complete within their brief page counts. At the same time, many seem to contain the seeds of novels (in a couple of cases, novels she's already written), and are interesting enough that I'd be happy to see them expanded.

The character development is mixed. There are some vivid and three-dimensional characters here, a feat given the length of the stories. On the other hand, the protagonists tend to run together. With few exceptions, they're young Igbo women, from either Lagos or Nsukka, moderately Christian, from relatively privileged backgrounds, seemingly intelligent and hardworking but also a bit wishy-washy and self-righteous, who deal with adversity through silent resentment that eventually either explodes or turns into bitterness. Most of them feel like the same person.

The stories here are also less subtle than Adichie's novels, and with an undercurrent of anger; at times the book feels like an enumeration of Things Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Does Not Like, taking aim at everything from embassy personnel to people who think African fiction ought to focus on atrocities to helicopter parents. Sometimes I found the criticisms incisive (the self-satisfied liberal tourist who observes foreign poverty from a position of comfort); other times they seem less justified (why shouldn't a visa interviewer ask an asylum seeker if she has any proof of her claims?). And while there's good and bad to the Nigerian characters, the portrayal of the Americans is mostly negative.

The writing is good, but the simplicity of Adichie's style comes across as more literary in her novels, with their complex characters and well-developed settings; here it sometimes seems just simple. A couple of the stories use the second person, something all literary writers apparently feel the need to attempt; as always, it's distracting, but fortunately those stories are among the shortest.

Despite the problems, this is one of the better short story collections that I've read, and I enjoyed these more than I generally do short stories. Still, I hope Adichie goes back to writing novels.
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