Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Abstract Study on Race, Literature, and Nationality

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Abstract Study on Race, Literature, and Nationality

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Abstract study on race, Literature, and nationality Okey Ndibe. Never Look an American in the Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American: A Memoir. New York: Soho Press Inc., 2016. ISBN: 978-1-61695-760-5. $25. 5.5X8.25". 224pp.

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Okey Ndibe's memoir relates his journey from Nigeria to America, and his work as the founding editor of the African Commentary magazine, a venture that was constantly at the brink of bankruptcy, like many other literary ventures. Meanwhile, he talks about the political and cultural differences between his birthplace and adapted home. The book pokes fun at stereotypes that these countries have about each other, and the real problems these cause. It is written in a musical style shared with other African American and African writers like Ngugi wa Thiong'o. "We were bored, for sure, to hell and back, even though we didn't know it at the tie. Nobody had given the word 'boredom' to the agitation we felt, the restlessness within" (17). This is a good example of the style, as he returns to the concept of boredom to examine in a few circles and keeps expanding the definition instead of focusing on making the narrative more exciting by narrating what was done and said, rather than what it meant and how it was perceived. Though there is plenty of dialogue and action in other parts. Basically, this is a literary composition that has symbolic levels of meaning and that explores the state of living as a human being and its variations. …

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