Sam Sacks in a haughty Wall Street Journal review Thursday dismisses Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel "Americanah." "...Dear Lord, is it pretentious," Sacks says.
The in-house fiction critic for the Journal's Saturday literary section, Sacks likely gives his honest appraisal of "Americanah," calling it preachy and moralizing. Yet I wondered why the WSJ couldn't find an African-American woman, or man, to do the review.
I read an excerpt of Adiche's book in the New Yorker and thought it a strong work of fiction. The full "Americanah" might be as bad as Sacks says, but his condescending tone raises my doubts about his ability to appreciate her work.