I’m not really sure how I feel about the ending of the book. While it’s true that Elvis really had nothing left in Nigeria, the idea for him to go to America seemed a little bit out of place. It had been brought up before when Elvis’s Aunt Felicia left the country to marry her American husband and gave Elvis her address so that he could come to her there, so it was foreshadowed, but somehow it still seems a little strange. In some ways it seems fitting, but it some ways, not so much. It is appropriate because not only was his his home and town destroyed by bulldozers and the army, but many of his family and friends were killed, including his father and the King of the Beggars. On top of this, he only just found this out after he had finally gotten away from the army’s torture. There really is nothing left for him here, and so Redemption giving him a chance to go to America gives him a freedom that he really needs. However, the reason that I’m undecided as to if I like the idea of him leaving the country is because he himself seems to be so against the idea for a while, even while Redemption insists. This felt like it came out of the blue, even if it may have stemmed from Elvis’s idea that he would be able to become a famous dancer if he moved to the United States. At this point however, he seems to have given up on this sort of dream, as he himself refers to it as just a dream, and so it seems as though he may have lost his interest in going to where it may have been possible as well. Perhaps it was because he would be able to have a family again through Aunt Felicia, as he felt no familial bond with Comfort and her children.

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  1. cregacho07 says:

    Given the flow of Elvis’s thoughts of immigration to America, I think him going to the US is definitely awkward with that flow and does seem out of place. Perhaps though, given Abani’s experience and eventual arrival in the states, that provides us with some context. After class on Monday, we spoke about how Abani’s sexual orientation or leanings may be a determining factor in his decision to go stateside. With Elvis’s moments of fractured, divided, and oft confused sexuality (a syndrome that garners one much hatred in Nigeria), could this be maybe Abani paralleling his own experience with Elvis’s?

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