!!> Epub ➟ Never Look an American in the Eye ➞ Author Okey Ndibe – Thegreatwallonline.us

Never Look an American in the Eye Okey Ndibe S Funny, Charming, And Penetrating Memoir Tells Of His Move From Nigeria To America, Where He Came To Edit The Influential But Forever Teetering On The Verge Of Insolvency African Commentary Magazine It Recounts Stories Of Ndibe S Relationships With Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, And Other Literary Figures Examines The Differences Between Nigerian And American Etiquette And Politics Recalls An Incident Of Racial Profiling Just 13 Days After He Arrived In The US, In Which He Was Mistaken For A Bank Robber Considers American Stereotypes About Africa And Vice Versa And Juxtaposes African Folk Tales With Wall Street Trickery All These Stories And Come Together In A Generous, Encompassing Book About The Making Of A Writer And A New American.

!!> Epub ➟ Never Look an American in the Eye  ➞ Author Okey Ndibe – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Never Look an American in the Eye
  • Okey Ndibe
  • English
  • 03 November 2017
  • 1616957603

10 thoughts on “Never Look an American in the Eye


  1. says:

    I picked up this book as a task for the Read Harder Challenge 2017 read a book by an immigrant or about the immigrant experience This book is about both and it is very good It also helps to fulfill a personal goal which is to readbooks by male authors of color This was an unexpected pleasure A view of the immigrant experience through the eyes of a Nigerian born man It is a collection of vignettes that cover how he came to America, his experiences therein, how Nigerians viewed America I picked up this book as a task for the Read Harder Challenge 2017 read a book by an immigrant or about the immigrant experience This book is about both and it is very good It also helps to fulfill a personal goal which is to readbooks by male authors of color This was an unexpected pleasure A view of the immigrant experience through the eyes of a Nigerian born man It is a collection of vignettes that cover how he came to America, his experiences therein, how Nigerians viewed America and Great Britain, some of the cultural differences growing up etc His journey has interesting pathways in the publishing, through many acclaimed authors and academics referenced Ndibe is a great storyteller He has a very smart yet easy going manner to his writing that I found appealing Indeed, by reading this memoir I have enhanced my vocabulary with t...


  2. says:

    I love memoirs They take me to places and into situations where I would never be, they re honest, and they encourage empathy I haven t read much in the way of fish out of water international memoirs but I thought this one looked good what a great title and it is a book published by my new company and I will be with the author at NEIBA this fall, so I figured I d better give it a shot And it was quite enjoyable.Okey has a wonderful sense of humor I doubt I d have been able to take half the I love memoirs They take me to places and into situations where I would never be, they re honest, and they encourage empathy I haven t read much in the way of fish out of water international memoirs but I thought this one looked good what a great title and it is a book published by my new company and I will be with the author at NEIBA this fall, so I figured I d...


  3. says:

    Okey Ndibe reveals the depths of his heart in this compulsively engaging memoir Each of his tales offer illuminating wit and insight about acculturation, colonialism, and the art of writing Equally impressive is the clarity of the rich language he employs to narrate his experiences From his childhood upbringing in Nigeria, Ndibe dreamed of leaving behind Africa s primitive backwardness, as it has been negligently portrayed by the colonial powers, and escaping to the magic and mystery of Brita Okey Ndibe reveals the depths of his heart in this compulsively engaging memoir Each of his tales offer illuminating wit and insight about acculturation, colonialism, and the art of writing Equally impressive is the clarity of the rich language he employs to narrate his experiences From his childhood upbringing in Nigeria, Ndibe dreamed of leaving behind Africa s primitive backwardness, as it has been negligently portrayed by th...


  4. says:

    A delightful book with charming pros and witty anecdotes about living in America for the first time from a Nigerian s perspective I definitely enjoyed learning about another culture and how silly some of the things are about Americans from a different perspective It s a memoir so it s a fractured in structure and not in chronological order Throughout the second half I kept wondering why he didn t ...


  5. says:

    I wasn t sure how to rate this one because I really liked the book but after hearing him speak at the Iowa City Book Festival, where he read a few of these chapters aloud and signed my book, just reading the rest didn t feel like enough This would be great to listen to as an audiobook.It was interesting because he made a note in the book that as time has passed since he was stopped by the police because they were looking for a bank robber and he fit the description basically, a black man , the I wasn t sure how to rate this one because I really liked the book but after hearing him speak at the Iowa City Book Festival, where he read a few of these chapters aloud and signed my book, just reading the rest didn t feel like enough This would be great to listen to as an audiobook.It was interesting because he made a note in the book that as time has passed since he was stopped by the police because they were looking for a bank robber and he fit the description basically, a black man , the tone in how he has told the story changed from dread to humor He told that story in the reading I attended and it s true that he made it light and humorous, as he did other events that must have been very difficult at the time Keeping it light doesn t mean he glosses over the struggles It s the talent of a true writer to make you think without beating you over the head with the lessons he she wants you learn, and Okey ...


  6. says:

    the author is charming and intelligent, and the stories he tells pass by breezily enough but while many of the stories about his african upbringing and early experiences with chinua achebe paint a fascinating picture of intellectual life at a pivotal time in nigeria, the american sections feel undercooked the cultural differences ndibe explores come off feeling superficial, or only mildly interesting, and the storytelling itself needs work my interest in the book flagged toward the end, sa the author is charming and intelligent, and the stories he tells pass by breezily enough but while many of the stories about his african upbringing and early experiences with chinua achebe paint a fascinating picture of intellectual life at a pivotal time in nigeria, the american sections feel undercooked the cultural differences ndibe explores come off feeling su...


  7. says:

    I should admit upfront that I consider Okey Ndibe to be a friend I enjoyed both of his novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, IncI loved this short memoir which tells the story of how Okey came to the United States to edit African Commentary magazine at the behest of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe , and ends ultimately with meeting and marrying his wife The journey is very much like talking to Okey himself funny stories about being a new immigrant, some personal and political history, I should admit upfront that I consider Okey Ndibe to be a friend I enjoyed both of his novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, IncI loved this short memoir which tells the story of how Okey came to the United States to edit African Commentary magazine at the behest of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe , and ends ultimatel...


  8. says:

    NEVER LOOK AN AMERICAN IN THE EYE is a delightful, absorbing memoir about cultural identity, one man s relentless pursuit of knowledge, and the struggle to honor your roots while also choosing a new life Okey Ndibe s writing is insightful and poignant while also managing to be funny and self deprecating, and his memoira collection of essays and anecdotes provides snippets...


  9. says:

    A lazy assemblage of essays clearly written for other publications and haphazardly jumbled into one bound volume Smacks of canned, stale anecdotes pulled out for radio interviews Pretentious use of the English language I m glad I didn t buy it.


  10. says:

    This is a very difficult book to write a review on First of all, this is a genre that I only dabble in, but I have always been fascinated by the experiences that other people have when they are first part of something that is my normal I think it opens one s eyes to how different we all are, and that one person s normal is another person s completely insane This is why I felt compelled to grab a book by a writer I d never heard of, about a transition I d never go through, to learn about a This is a very difficult book to write a review on First of all, this is a genre that I only dabble in, but I have always been fascinated by the experiences that other people have when they are first part of something that is my normal I think it opens one s eyes to how different we all are, and that one person s normal is another person s completely insane This is why I felt compelled to grab a book by a writer I d never heard of, about a transition I d never go through, to learn about a land I ll likely never ...

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