Thursday, December 2, 2010

Review of Short Story: Birdsong by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When I first started reading this story, I knew it didn’t take place in Canada. However, the story was very accessible to me. Perhaps my favorite part about it is the main character, a girl who is having an affair with a married man.
The story is told mostly in flashbacks while the girl is in a car stuck in a traffic jam. She notices a woman who she realizes could easily be her lover’s wife. This woman is staring at her in a judgmental way and it causes our protagonist to relive different scenarios in her relationship.

One thing that really gets me in stories is reoccurring images (or motifs for you literary folk). The motif in this story happens to be birds. The protagonist and her lover have a little inside joke that they come up with when talking about chickens. “Cock with a dick” or “CwithaD”. This particular part of the story really helps to establish their relationship. It’s something they can joke about, yet something that still needs to be kept a secret. It’s a nice metaphor for their relationship.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and I felt like it was very real. I (almost) always enjoy stories about relationships and I feel like this one was no different. It was very entertaining to read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes dramatic stories.

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