Book Review

The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)

“She wanted to … tell him how unnecessary it was, this bloodying and binding, this turning faith into a pugilistic exercise; to tell him that life was a struggle with ourselves more than with a spear-wielding Satan; that belief was a choice for our conscience always to be sharpened. […] He told her … that life did not make sense but we all had to have faith nonetheless.”

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie⁣

This book is a collection of 12 short stories, but it feels more like 12 windows into the lives of people who seem simultaneously distant and close. As always, Adichie has a wonderful ability of making us identify with lives that are vastly different from ours, and each of her story reveals both humanity and social commentary on the world. ⁣

I’ve loved every single one of Adichie’s novels, and this book doesn’t disappoint. Her writing is marvelous, tinged with a lyrical melancholy that grasps the heart. The only shortcoming of this short story collection is that it forces us to be invested in a character, only to quickly move on to another protagonist with the end of every story. If it were up to me, I’d gladly read a novel on each character of her stories.

My rating: 5/5.⁣

3 thoughts on “The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)”

  1. I haven’t read this, but I read ‘Half of the Yellow Sun’ and it was such a great read. She’s a very talented writer.


    1. “Half of the Yellow Sun” is my favourite book of hers too!! Although I love everything she writes ♥️ make sure to read “Americanah” too, it’s especially relevant with today’s BLM movement 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the recommendation. Yes, ‘Americanah’ has been on my list since two years ago. Will need to pick it up soon!

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