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One World Pdf Summary

This book is made up of twenty-three stories, each from a different author from across the globe. All belong to one world, united in their diversity and ethnicity. And together they have one aim: to involve and move the reader.The range of authors takes in such literary greats as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short stories

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 15, 2017

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In Leng Lui is for Pretty Lady, by Elaine Chiew, the character, Alina, received an English Lit degree from a university in Manila. Yet she works in Tokyo as a maid for the wealthy Kong’s. She is focused on supporting her family and returning home to Manila. The Kong’s, parents of two children, are estranged in their household. When Mrs. Kong is not savoring White Russians, she’s having a torrid affair with the young man in the Chinese medicinal shop. Mr. Kong, a banker, chats with, slobbers, and tongues a turnip that sits atop his nightstand. Drama begins at the Kong household when Mrs. Kong, on impulse, takes a 10 day holiday to Phuket with her lover. In the conclusion, the Kong’s realize that Alina is the cohesive force in their family.

I loved some of Chiew’s expressions “…his tongue is a lizard peeping through a crack in a dry wall,” or “…curls on the floor like dried shrimp.” Written in first person, the author successfully created tension, mystery, and humor.

Another favorite is Kelemo’s Woman by Molara Wood, the character, Iriola, a university grad, had lived with her lover, activist, Kelemo, for four years. When a coup took place, once again, Kelemo wanted to fight for political and social change. But Iriola had grown tired of hiding and living underground. As her mother lay dying in hospital she tried to convince Iriola that Kelemo couldn’t help a country in its death throes. She advised Iriola: “Allow yourself to be pulled down by no one; I mean no one.” When Kelemo escaped, Iriola was caught and arrested by the army. Iriola decided to protect herself and not look back. Feminine wiles could be a necessary consequence. “Without your mother, the person to watch over you, is you.” Iriola always obeyed her mother.

In Martina A. Ramos’ Way of the Machete, the negativity of machoism is displayed. In a mortal battle, a family man with strong, masculine pride, takes on the town’s bully.

Dipita Kwa’s The Honor of Woman reveals the literal truth in the proverb “you reap what you sow,” in the story, a mother and daughter face up to the consequences of their actions.

The kettle on the Boat, Vanessa Gebbie writes about the crisis with climate change and how it impacts the food chain resulting in an Inuit family relinquishing their eldest daughter. The author evokes a keen sense of sadness in the child’s description and confusion about the family leaving their home.

Other short stories expressed: The disgraceful persecution and abuse of albinos in Africa. The pressures on husbands to be the primary earner and their diminished status in their own country, as well as in immigrant families abroad. Immigrant families experiencing culture shock. Fears concerning children’s loss of their language, family traditions, ire and dismay at children’s untoward lifestyles, marital and family estrangement, and immigrants that develop stable marriages and families in a new environment.

The stories I commented on were my favorites. I gave this book four stars.

Miss Crispy

4.0 out of 5 stars One World: An Introduction

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 10, 2011

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I felt it necessary to write a review to balance the negative review.

I teach high school literature classes, and I bought this book on a whim because the editor, Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie, is the author of a book I use in class, Purple Hibiscus. I didn’t know if I would be able to use any of the short stories, but I tried a couple of them out on my kids this year (“Growing My Hair Again” and “Homeless”). The students responded quite well to them.

Granted, I would not use all of the stories with high school students–some are not appropriate and some are beyond their maturity–but it’s a nice book to have on my shelf and to use to broaden the experiences of a bunch of white midwestern kids.

I would not sit down and read the anthology cover to cover (but, really, how many people read an anthology that way anyway?) Doing so would certainly make a person rather depressed, but it is important to see another point of view in the world. It’s not all “Chicken Soup for Soul” in the rest of the world.

Krista Levy

1.0 out of 5 stars One World (of Universal Misery)

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 17, 2009

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What a terrible disappointment this book proved to be! I’ll never understand why the editors of modern anthologies are so staunchly determined to focus upon the ugliest, most sordid aspects of life. Perhaps they feel that gritty realism will afford them a professional aura of intellectual gravity. Whatever the reason, this book exemplifies the trend.

The editors’ introduction includes the following lines: “`One World’ goes beyond the everyday notion of the globe as a physical geographic entity. Rather, we understand it as a universal idea, one that transcends national boundaries to comment on the most prevailing aspects of the human condition.”

One must assume from this statement that the editors consider abject suffering to be the most prevailing aspect of the human condition. With the exception of Jhumpa Lahiri’s, “The Third and Final Continent,” the predominant theme in each story is misery.

This isn’t a rich, cultural tapestry- it is a celebration of the global ubiquity of pain. It is unique only in the sense that it may well be the only book ever published in which two different authors provide detailed descriptions of how children’s bodies may be tortured with hot chili peppers.

The editors finish the introduction with the words, “Welcome to our world.” If you choose to accept their welcome and enter this dismal world, I suggest that you do so with a bottle of Prozac.

About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author Of One World pdf Book

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New YorkerThe New York TimesGrantaThe O. Henry Prize StoriesFinancial Times, and Zoetrope: All-Story. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which was the recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction “Winner of Winners” award; Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essays We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, both national bestsellers. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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