387 Short Stories: Day 33: Story 33: A Private Experience by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Title: A Private Experience
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Taken from the Collection: The Thing Around Your Neck and Other Stories

“A Private Experience” is a beautiful story, written by Chimamanda. The stories in this entire collection are brimming with empathy, intellect and deep insight into human beings and day-to-day living. Her characters are casual and maintain the tone of informality and stability even in times of chaos.

“A Private Experience” is about clash of cultures and how two women get caught in the turmoil and come to understand each other and themselves in the process. Chika, a medical student gets caught in a riot between Christians and Muslims. She is leaded to shelter by a Muslim woman named Hausa, to a shop. The dynamics between these two women – one Christian and the other Muslim is remarkable. One prays toward the Mecca and the other starts praying on her rosary.

The story ends on a sensitive note and yet I thought there could have been so much more which she could have said and yet did not. Maybe that is just her way of writing and communicating, which eventually works for the reader. A read which is tender and real.

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