The Thing Around Your Neck

The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / Nov 12, 2019

The Thing Around Your Neck The stories in this collection from Orange Prize winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie straddle the cultures of Nigeria and the West Her characters battle with the responsibilities of modern life a world i

  • Title: The Thing Around Your Neck
  • Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • ISBN: 9780007305988
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The stories in this collection from Orange Prize winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie straddle the cultures of Nigeria and the West Her characters battle with the responsibilities of modern life, a world in which identity is too often compromised.

    The Thing Around Your Neck The Thing Around Your Neck first published in Prospect a woman named Akunna gains a sought after American visa and goes to live with her uncle but he molests her and she ends up working as a waitress in Connecticut. The Thing Around Your Neck The Thing Around Your Neck focus es mainly on middle class Nigerians struggling with issues of love, class, war, homeland and loneliness and it offers a window on a country and a people that Americans would do well to understand better Many of the stories involve Nigerian women caught between old country customs and new world ways, whether in their home country or as immigrants to America. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Thing Around Your Neck is a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian author who has won much acclaim for her first two novels, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun These twelve stories have all been published elsewhere at different times, but are linked in that they tell the tale of an individual life, and all feel very anecdotal. The Thing Around Your Neck Cell One Summary Analysis The Thing Around Your Neck Cell One Summary Analysis The Cell One narrator, Mother, and Father visit the next day Nnamabia looks sober and explains that an old man had joined his cell the day before The man s son was wanted, but when the police couldn t find the son, they locked up the old man instead. The Thing Around Your Neck Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Thing Around Your Neck once again showcases her insights into human nature under social, ethical, cultural as well as personal dilemmasAdichie s characters don t feel as though they were merely created rather, it is as if they were invited into the stories by the most understanding hostessTogether these stories once again prove that Adichie is one of those rare writers that any Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of The Thing Around Your Neck Jun , Half of a Yellow Sun author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talks about the stories that make up her first short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck htt Turn things around Synonyms, Turn things around Antonyms Synonyms for turn things around at Thesaurus with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions Find descriptive alternatives for turn things around. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A dazzling story collection from the best selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists, one of the world s great contemporary writers Barack Obama 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. The Thing Jun , The Thing is brought back to the American base and, too late, the scientists realize that it is alive and lethal The Thing thaws out and is off, not only killing anyone and anything that crosses Its path, but also absorbing them, making Itself into whoever and whatever it wants The film then turns into a brilliant paranoia piece. The Thing Oct , Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr Sander Halvorson.

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      • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

        Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus 2003 , Half of a Yellow Sun 2006 , and Americanah 2013.She was born in Enugu, Nigeria, the fifth of six children to Igbo parents She studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half At nineteen, Chimamanda left for the U.S to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, then went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University Chimamanda graduated summa cum laude from Eastern in 2001, and then completed a master s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Balti.It was during her senior year at Eastern that she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was published in October 2003 Chimamanda was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005 2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008.


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    1. Only because I am reading alphabetically through my library's fiction shelves, did I this book up. My self-imposed rules are that I don't read any back covers or inside flaps, I just read the first 50 pages and then decide if the book is worth finishing. Had I read the back flap, my silly prejudices would have forced me to put it down and pick up, instead, a silly rom-com. I am a white, WASP, 44 year old, egocentric American with an average education and little travel experience, it would never [...]


    2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the leading voices of African literature today. Her books Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus have won multiple awards and made her a respected writer of African issues. The Thing Around Your Neck is her first story collection, which weaves together tales of Nigerians in Africa and in the United States sharing the same hardships and love for their homeland. The collection commences with the story of Nnamabia who is falsely accused of running with his unive [...]


    3. Several years ago, Jhumpa Lahiri entranced me with her stories of the sorrows, hopes and realities of being an immigrant in the United States. Through her characters, she showed how it felt to be pushed away from your own country by oppression and poverty into another that so often treated you like a shadow. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2009 collection That Thing Around Your Neck offers stories with these same themes, written with the same grace and power. Unlike Lahiri, however—whom I discovere [...]


    4. The Thing Around Your Neck is a 2009 collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian author who has won much acclaim for her first two novels, “Purple Hibiscus” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”. These twelve stories have all been published elsewhere at different times, but are linked in that they tell the tale of an individual life, and all feel very anecdotal. Despite the variety of lives depicted, they all also feel very personal. Adichie puts a lot of herself into her st [...]


    5. I fell in love with Adichie's work after reading her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, around a year ago. She has a way of creating extremely well-developed characters that are vivid and flawed. She doesn't shy away from the darker sides of humanity, but all along she reminds you that there is hope and joy to be found even in little things.Each of these stories was incredibly immersive. I felt like the characters could've been contained in full-length novels, rather than in just 20 or so pages [...]



    6. Shameless, brazen and lazy, I'm going to pinch the comment on the front of my edition: "Adichie makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong."Will that do?I can add on some of those typical enthusiasms: stunning, exquisite, you know, you'll have used them yourself at some point. If you weren't entirely convinced by Adichie as a novelist (I was, fairly, but maybe not quite enough), try these short stories. They have certainly convinced me that I need to catch up with the rest of her oeuvre. Oh dea [...]


    7. What an excellent set of short stories exploring the human condition with all its flaws and neurosis. Adichie addresses the institution of marriage - arranged marriage, infidelity; same sex desire, sibling rivalry and the consequences of subordinating female children; she then intersects these with immigration and migration and interracial relationships. Each story is complete yet you feel it could also form the basis for a longer novel. Unlike many young Nigerian writers Adichie's language is u [...]


    8. If you ask me who my current favourite contemporary author is I will undoubtedly answer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her writing moves me like no one else's. She writes perfectly imperfect characters who I may not always like or even respect at times, but they always feel honest. She has this amazing way of capturing both the ordinary and the extraordinary with her words and making either utterly captivating to read. Without a doubt I would recommend that you go and pick up ANY of her novels and fa [...]


    9. The Thing Around Your Neck is the second work of Adichie's that I've read, the first being the magnificent Americanah. This collection touches on a lot of same themes as that wonderful novel: the struggle of women in present day Nigeria, the plight of African immigrants in America. It also showcases her acute understanding of human relationships. Her stories feel important - you get the sense that you have learned something new about the world from each of them.These vibrant, lyrical tales are a [...]


    10. ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’ is a collection of 12 stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, all of which are uniformly great, although some stronger than others. (Some of which have been previously published separately elsewhere).As with all short stories and particularly with these, almost by definition – they lack the depth, breadth and sophistication of longer novels – in this case Adichies wonderful ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, ‘Purple Hibiscus’ and ‘Americanah’.With the best of n [...]


    11. 4.5/5The first thing that came to Ujunwa's mind was to ask if Isabel ever needed royal blood to explain the good looks of friends back in London.Look, I'm fully committed to rooting for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie until the Nobel Prize for Lit committee gets their collective head out of their collective ass and gives it to her (spare me the political yibble yabble. My knowing what's up hasn't killed my excitement yet, so leave me this and go ruin Santa Clause or US democracy or something of that le [...]


    12. Wow, what a beautiful collection of short stories! This was my first book by the praised Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and now I can understand why so many people have fallen in love with her writing. Her style is so mesmerizing and touching that you’ll have no problem getting attached to her characters, no matter how flawed these people might be or how different their lives are from yours.“I was happy when I saw your picture,” he said, smacking his lips. “You were light-skinned. I had to thi [...]


    13. 4.5 stars rounded upAn excellent set of short stories which concentrate mostly on the lives and experiences of Nigerian women; ranging over issues such as tragedy, political and religious violence, new relationships (especially marriage), loneliness, sadness, displacement and the many problems of post colonialism. There is plenty of social and political comment, but it is wrapped up in human stories. The stories move between Nigeria and the US; the homeland and what is seen to be the Promised La [...]


    14. I'm so thrilled that before he left this earth, Chinua Achebe blessed West Africa with a younger version of his literary self. Of her first three pieces:( Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun included) this Adichie collection seems to really highlight Achebe's influence and this is a thrilling thing to see.Compelling and witty characters, revelatory stories, and just the right amount of sensory elements to help me visualize--just how I like my short stories. Then again, Chimamanda Adichie is [...]


    15. I'm not typically a short story reader, especially in collections like this. But having read both of Adichie's novels (and loved them), i was curious to see how i would fare with her stories. I decided to read one per day during my lunch break, and after two days i was looking forward each day to the next story. Normally when reading a novel i look forward to finding out what happens next. My experience in the past with short stories is that i have struggled to read back-to-back stories by the s [...]


    16. I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my more famous Nigerian alter-ego. These stories might not be literary perfect but they completely match my sensibilities. They touch on the same themes that haunt me and my sad attempts at writing - disappointment, self-consciousness, the immigrant experience on the very personal, intimate level. Each story meant something to me and it would be hard for me to find the one that was my least favourite. I loved those that described the cultural foundation as sha [...]


    17. Como muchos, descubrí las palabras de Chimamanda a través de un par de charlas TED que hay disponibles en la red (The danger of a single story y We should all be feminists). Ya entonces quedó claro que esta mujer tiene mucho que decir y me entró curiosidad por leer algo suyo.Este libro es una colección de 12 relatos cortos, las raíces de muchos de los cuales surgen de la propia experiencia de la autora: nació en Enugu, Nigeria, y a la edad de 19 años emigró a Estados Unidos para estudia [...]


    18. I can barely begin to explain the catharsis of reading Adichie's prose. In particular, I am captivated by the way her stories respond to the expectations of "ethnic fiction" and "African fiction," as genres full of Third-world starvation and refugees. She deftly handles subjectivities of black African positionality, facets of identity which the market would slam as "inauthentic," or "not African enough." Her stories are delightfully astute, her characters cracking the lenses by which one might e [...]


    19. 4.25 stars.Good Lord, this collection of short stories is beautifully written. They're all compelling. They're all full of wonderful characters. They're all incredibly full of emotion. Every single one of them felt like it could have been fleshed out into a full length novel. And all of them had such an incredible sense of place and community and the immigrant experience. Glorious, from start to finish.



    20. A fine collection of stories which confirms Adichie is equally adept at short fiction as at the novel. Most of these stories are set in modern times, largely among Nigerian emigres in America. She can tackle serious and humorous subjects with the same light touch and apparently effortless storytelling.


    21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has that rare ability to portray the contradictions of the human condition. Over and over again, she returns to themes of exile, homesickness, and alienation. In the title story, the young narrator gains a prized American visa and goes to her uncle’s home in Maine. “They spoke Igbo and ate garri for lunch and it was like home until your uncle came into the cramped basement where you slept and pulled you forcefully to him…” recalls the barely-adult girl. Again, in [...]


    22. These, by now, are familiar stories of immigrants to America adjusting to a clash of cultures, which exposes faults on both sides and tests relationships. Lahiri springs to mind, Mukherjee, or Le Thi Diem Thuy, but Adichie lacks Lahiri's subtlety and power and the latter's poetic wonder. The stories set wholly in Africa detailing close scrapes with civil war/unrest in Nigeria, or its prison system or, eg, a queue outside the American embassy in Lagos studiously ignoring the 'soldier flogging a b [...]


    23. I am so glad that the course introduced this wonderful book and skilful writer into my life. Adichie creates symbolism in such a subtle way that I had to reread to capture what I originally missed. For example, in 'Tomorrow is too far' I feel like the tree is a symbol of the brother's power. Also, I enjoyed reading about the contrast of living in Nigeria like in 'Cell One' where the local boys 'grown up watching Sesame Street, reading Enyd Blyton' were now 'cutting through the mosquito netting o [...]


    24. Adichie explores effect of politics, social changes, consumerism, familial conflicts, Africa as a unit vs. Africa as seen by outside world, alienation in a foreign land, cultural diversity, ethnicity within the borders, moving to America for a better future, etc. She uses these themes to expose humanity in sometimes gut wrenching and mostly realistic depiction of people. She is a great observer of life and people around her. "Cell One" is story of a handsome college student from a respectable fa [...]


    25. La potencia de la voz de los personajes de Chimamanda es envidiable. Es el primer acercamiento que tengo a ella escribiendo ficción y me dejó con ganas de más. Muy recomendable.


    26. I'm fond of short stories. These were good, some of them truly adorable, mostly for the well-developed characters I could relate to.


    27. São doze contos que mostram que Chimamanda é uma das mais importantes autoras que temos na atualidade e porquê. Uma sensibilidade fora do comum e em cada história uma empatia gigantesca. Trata sobre imigração, sobre "o sonho americano", sobre cultura, desigualdade racial, social, cultural, conflitos religiosos e sobre as relações que temos com nossa família, nossa história e outras pessoas. Uma lindeza!


    28. Astonishing. In 12 short stories this accomplished Nigerian writer, using her experience and knowledge of Nigerian history and culture as her prism, skillfully encompasses the entirety of being human in a world where how one relates to people can determine happiness or success. Some of the stories are placed in Nigeria, and the authentic detail is marvelous, and some of the stories are of Nigerian immigrants living uneasily in America, uncertain of acceptance by neighbors and employers, while st [...]


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