Americanah and The Bigamist Reviews

Our CUBE café|bar book club review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Bigamist by Mary Turner Thomson. 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi

Phil: The book has an important message - it teaches us to view the world through different eyes - that of immigrants from Nigeria and I always try to see the other persons point of view. Whoever said, "a reader lives a thousand lives, a non-reader lives only one" would appreciate this book. But I am sure it could have been edited better, it could have told the story just as importantly in a lot less words. 7.5 /10

Heather: Americanah is very well written but far too long and would benefit a better editor. 6.5/10 overall but perhaps a 9 for the story it had been edited better.

Stephen: ‘Americanah’ is another example of our winning streak in book choices. I have no knowledge of Nigeria, and certainly none of New York from the perspective of an educated Nigerian woman trying to make her way in the world in that city. I’m half way through, and I award 8/10

Fiona enjoyed reading the book. She felt that it showed a maturity in the author’s development and covered wider issues than in her previous novels. She liked the switching of locations from Nigeria to the US/UK and back to Nigeria. The characters were authentic and believable and some of their experiences as immigrants were shocking.  She agreed that the novel would have benefited greatly from some editing. 8.5/10

The Bigamist by Mary Turner Thomson

Claire: In April 2006, Mary Turner Thomson received a call that blew her life apart. The woman on the other end of the line told her that Will Jordan, Mary's husband and the father of her two younger children, had been married to her for fourteen years and they had five children together. The Bigamist is the shocking true story of how one man manipulated an intelligent, independent woman, conning her out of £200,000 and leaving her to bring up the children he claimed he could never have.

Claire was the only member of the group to read this book. She suggested it following seeing Mary talk about her experiences as part of Jon Ronson’s latest tour…

"I could not put The Bigamist down and it only took me two goes to read the whole book.  It was fascinating to learn of the extent to which someone would lie and engineer situations in order to deceive and control others.  Although I was sceptical as to how someone could be drawn in to believe some very far-fetched explanations for absences and allow themselves to accrue so much debt, Mary puts over the dilemmas she and many others who were involved faced in a very human manner.  

"Overall I found the book to be a pretty shocking account of human nature and deception, but a real page-turner. I would score the book as 7/10."

Upcoming Book Clubs

Come join us as we read and review the following titles: 

Thursday 25 May 

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and/oA Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Thursday 29 June

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and/or The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Thursday 27 July 

Wild by Cheryl Streyed and/or The Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy






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