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Stay with Me: A novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Ayobami Adebayo (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
8685218,506 (3.93)80
"A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves" --
Jäsen:Ibrahim_Obalola
Teoksen nimi:Stay with Me: A novel
Kirjailijat:Ayobami Adebayo (Tekijä)
Info:Knopf (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 272 pages
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Stay With Me (tekijä: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀) (2017)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 52) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Non ero preparata alla dirompenza di questo romanzo: mi aspettavo la classica storia introspettiva sulla crisi di coppia e la sterilità, magari un po' più originale del solito perchè inserita in un contesto in cui la bigamia è possibile; effettivamente tutto ciò nel libro lo ritroviamo ma è solo la punta dell'iceberg, perchè la trama procede ad un ritmo serratissimo in cui non mancano colpi di scena e ribaltamenti di prospettiva. Mi sono immersa completamente nelle vite dei protagonisti e non riuscivo a smettere di leggere, è stata un'esperienza totalizzante; fin troppo forse, perchè la curiosità bruciante di girare pagina e svelare un' altra tessera del mosaico non mi ha permesso un coivolgimento emotivo profondo, né tantomeno mi ha dato il tempo di riflettere sulle tante tematiche che affronta l'opera.
D'altronde la scrittura è incisiva come un bisturi, dritta al punto senza perdersi in descrizioni e facendo molto affidamento sui dialoghi: uno stile che punta tutto sull'immersività e l'immediatezza e che io apprezzo particolarmente.
Non è facile rendere appassionante una vicenda incentrata sulla maternità mancata ed un matrimonio che si sfalda, ma Ayobami Adebayo ci riesce perfettamente e lo fa con grande sensibilità, senza mai sminuire l'importanza dei temi trattati: ottima scoperta, lettura consigliata a chiunque. ( )
  Lilirose_ | Mar 27, 2021 |
I'm really surprised this a first novel.
This was not at all what I expected. I opened it to get a feel for it for a possible co-read with a friend. Before I realized it I was 25% into the story and could not stop. I was expecting a story about jealousy but really this was about so very much. Love, loss, lies, family and community expectations, secrets, shame, such complex issues handled with care and respect.
This was beautifully done. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
When I was very young and just beginning to read some of my favorite stories were fairy tales, mostly from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. I mention this because at two points in this novel by the Nigerian author, Ayobami Adebayo, there are tales told by two of the characters that are important to the story as a whole; in a sense connecting two halves of the novel.

Told in the first person by Yejide and Akin (they narrate separate chapters, a choice that provides insight into their differing views of many situations), a married couple living in Nigeria, the novel explores their marriage and family relationships in a culture that seems very different from that in which I was raised (although the presence of the Anglican Church does provide one familiar institution while leading to a bit of cognitive dissonance when set beside the acceptability of polygamy in their culture). The two marriage partners are very much in love with one another. Yejide's mother is dead and her father’s other wives do not regard her with affection. Meeting Akin changes her life and she becomes happier as she is courted and marries him. In spite of trying for some time the couple fail to conceive a child, and Akin is forced into marrying another girl named Funmi to continue his bloodline. A major theme is the pressure to have children, primarily emanating from Moomi, Akin's mother. Above all, however, there are the different views of marriage and love that are held by Yejide and Akin, but also by the other family members.

Stay With Me presents the emotional trauma of the characters while, subtlely in the background, there is political unrest in the country. However, ever present is the expectation of having offspring. For Akin this seems to be the only way in which he will be accepted as a man by the society. Major themes include the experience of being childless, the guilt of not fulfilling societal obligations and the psychological impact of not getting pregnant; these are complicated by the deaths of two of Yejide's children. Through it all, the author also presents the question of the society’s expectation of a man. The husband, Akin, is under pressure to provide babies and he makes choices that raise questions about the nature and importance of the members of his extended family. Funmi, while acceptable in a culture that approves of polygamy, can still be seen as a shadowy figure whose very presence is disruptive from Yejide's point of view. One of the best parts of the novel was the relationship between Akin and his brother Dotun. Their difficulties and the impact on Yejide provided some of the best moments in the story.

Overall, Stay With Me was a moving and thought-provoking look at the challenges of married life and family relationships. The presence of cultural differences between generations added to the realism and beauty of the novel. I enjoyed the way that the author was able to balance disappointment with joy leading to a satisfying ending. ( )
  jwhenderson | Dec 10, 2020 |
Review can also be found in Chill and read


“Stay with me” is the debut novel of Ayobami Adebayo, a very charismatic Nigerian writer. The story is set in the Nigeria of the eighties. The two heroes of the book are Yejide and Akin. The met while in college and fell in love for each other instantly. Their story is the one described in this book, making us all to think who life can be.

Yejide, is a young girl that has lost her mother at birth. Her father has married other women to help raise her and bring up more children, but none of them ever made into her mother, not that any of them really tried. She was a burden on them, and they never hugged her along with their children. Therefore, Yejide decided she was not the polygamist kind and she made that clear to Akin early in their relationship. They were very in love and devoted to each other. They have tried, but they could not bear any children, and this is when it all started to go bad. Yejide has tried everything in order to get pregnant. She even accepted Akin being married to another woman, only to be deceived by the man she loved.

The writer provides a part of Nigeria’s turbulent history in the 80s, through their heroes’ story. She reveals the customs and the way of thinking at the time and maybe even today, in a simply and comfort manner. This story is all about relationships. It is about what it takes to be in love with someone. What it means to trust another person only to fond out that it is not the one you knew to be. It is a story of power over weakness, of love over cunning, of sacrifice over control. It is about motherhood and unconditional love. It is about grief and dealing with it, trying not to hurt the people you love.

Adebayo is a writer that has many to say in a beautiful prose. She has come to stay. she is claiming her position in the writing world and she is going to get one and stick to it. Better keep in eye on her and her books to come!

ARC received courtesy of Canongate Books via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
This book is a bit odd. I was expecting it to be different as its about a different culture and the subject is unusual for those of us in the Western world. But it was hard to follow, i wasn't sure whose POV i was reading as this changed with each chapter. A moving subject but conversations were not thorough, it felt that more should be said. ( )
  izzied | Oct 29, 2020 |
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Ayobami Adebayo’s sensitive, exposing first novel is about the lies and false hopes we tell ourselves to stay sane, and the cataclysmic impact the decisions we make can have on the people we love...The scope of Stay With Me is huge, and yet, the writing of it is painfully intimate, the problems and wounds so personal and tightly wrought that, at times, you want to put the book down and step away, as if, with every new revelation, you are further intruding, unforgivably, into this couple’s life.

Fortunately, the brilliance of Adebayo’s storytelling stops you.
 
In Nigerian society a childless woman is a tragedy, and considered to have probably brought it on herself. And it is not just her apparent inability to conceive that Yejide is up against. Her husband, Akin, has been coerced by his mother, Moomi, to take a second wife, in the hopes that he will get her pregnant instead. “You have had my son between your legs for two more months and still your stomach is flat,” Moomi tells Yejide when the new wife is also not yet pregnant. “Close your thighs to him, I beg you … If you don’t he will die childless. I beg you, don’t spoil my life. He is my first son, Yejide.”
Such animated dialogue is a delight throughout the novel, and Moomi’s voice is the loudest among the vivid, persuasive characters who bring this Yoruba community to life... though there is still room for growth, she has a thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own. Her clever and funny take on domestic life and Nigerian society is a welcome addition to her country’s burgeoning literary scene. Despite the intense sadness of her subject matter, she has produced a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride.
 

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