Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"Birdsong" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2010, from The New Yorker Twenty Under Forty Collection)

I have previously read and posted on a few short stories by the very highly regarded Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  I hope to read her longer works one day.  I was looking at one of my short story collections this morning, 20 Under 40, Stories From The New Yorker and was happy to discover one of her stories in the collection. 

Set in Lagos "Birdsong" is a very interesting story centering on an unmarried woman, working in an office, the married man she is having an affair with and one of her work friends.  Her work friend tells her she needs to drop the married man and find a man to "settle down with" before it is "too late".  The story lets us see into the mind of the woman, learn about class markers and social issues in Nigeria and we can decide if the man is a user or not.

I am glad I read this very well crafted story.

Mel u

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