Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cover rating: 4/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Themes: family, marriage, masculinity, love, independence, marriage, wealth, friendship
“Thirties? You must be joking. A man still without a wife at the age of twenty-eight is like that deflated piece of rubber—useless,”
The Visit is a story about Eze and Obinna who have been friends since they were teenagers. Eze who is now residing in the United States of America decides to come home after ten years and spend time with Obinna and Amana before visiting his parents. Eze and Obinna spend time together and Eze later discovers that Obinna has given up on a lot of things ever since he wore a wedding band. Obinna no longer goes out with friends, he gave up on poetry which is something that he loved and he has been a “domesticated husband”.
Although Obinna doesn’t say it out loud he has got a lot of insecurities. He is uncertain if his wife is spending hours attending meetings or if she is seeing someone else. There are a lot of things that money cannot buy and these include spending time together, something that Obinna longs to do with Amana.
Eze is shocked when he realizes that Obinna gave up on poetry because Amana said her poetry wasn’t good enough. Eze also believes that Western medicine is failing and this is why he has decided to come and try out some herbs. Eze also believes that women are more favored than men.
What did I like about the book?
*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told her story through the eyes of a man.
What I didn’t like about the book?
*The book was too short
DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?: Yes
WILL I BE READING A BOOK WRITTEN BY THIS AUTHOR?: Yes
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