Everything is succinct and to the point, but every word also has a purpose. Change ), This is a text widget. Musings from an avid reader who never has enough time to read. They are quite different, yet also similar. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. After that I was thinking, is that too doom and gloom? She asks if he knows she must do this, and goes on to tell him that there is no room for making friends, for everyone is too concerned with themselves. . Cities are full of diversity, good people and bad people. Originally published in the September 20, 2010 issue of. Here’s why: The story actually touches upon the similar themes to the TED Talk. They both work together, and both attended the same school. Perhaps yes, perhaps not. Part One: France 1910. There are dishonest people who are looking to take advantage of others in order to gain whatever slight upper hand they can. She is able to see that this city is becoming overrun by people, and, in her eyes, this is directly proportionate to the beauty of Lagos. To answer my challenge, I want nominate a writer who is a total master in the character department: Chimamanda Adichie. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. “I’m not like other men, who think they can dominate your life and not let you move forward,” he continued, propping himself up on his elbow to look at me. Birdsong by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2010 The magic trick: Telling the story of one thing but really telling the story of something else “Birdsong” tells the story of a young woman’s affair with an older, married man. People come from all different walks of life, and each person has their own set of morals to go along with it. How about making it original at only $7.00/page. Analysis; 5 … Stephen has a chance encounter with Jeanne, Isabelle's sister, while on leave in Amiens. “Birdsong” begins while our narrator, a young, single, Nigerian woman, is stopped at a traffic light. Lagos, Nigeria is not unlike most modern day cities, it is bustling, full of life and diversity. The first, our narrator is sitting in afternoon Lagos traffic and catches the eye of a high-class woman in a neighboring car staring at her. Learn how your comment data is processed. She recalls in detail how beautiful her lover’s house was, and the accompanying landscape. Having never read her work before–or perhaps just cresting after a long series of bland stories–I was impressed by the tale, and I didn’t find it cliche or old hat at all. I didn’t have much to say about the story. If you are interested in having The Mookse and the Gripes review a book or film, please let us know.