NoViolet Bulawayo and Chimamanda Adichie have made the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 for “We Need New Names” and “Americanah” respectively. Something worth celebrating? I think yes 😀
I was sitting over dinner with an old friend when we started talking about “matters of the heart”. A common theme in this conversation, however, was the fear of falling in love, at which my friend suggested that I visit the attached link – a brilliant pictorial of a quotation by C.S. Lewis.
The quotation, from “The Four Loves”, reads:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”
Hits the spot.
Anyone who knows me, knows this about me: there are only two “celebrities” I never shut up about – Frank Ocean and Chimamanda Adichie. I am a great fan of both writers. But since this post is related to Adichie, I will stick to just her (although, there will probably be multiple posts in the future about both) 🙂
Along with being one of my favourite woman writers and one of my favourite Nigerian writers and one of my favourite African writers, Chimamanda Adichie is one of my favourite writers – ever. Apart from “Americanah”, which I am currently busy with, I have read all her published work, and there is not even a single one I can think to say was rather average. I think that she’s that brilliant!
I was so excited to read that a film adaptation of “Half Of A Yellow Sun” is being created that I had to read the book (which is my favourite Adichie novel). Again. I am really looking forward to watching the film, and from this trailer, it promises to be everything I hope it will be (hopefully!).