The Thing Around Your Neck - The Shivering Summary & Analysis

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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In the story “The Shivering” Ukamaka was surprised when a man claiming he was Nigerian knocked on her door and asked to pray with her for their country. A plane had crashed in Nigeria the same day the Nigerian first lady had died. Ukamaka had been searching the news for information about the crash. She feared her ex-boyfriend Udenna had been on the plane. Even though she was unsure about letting the man into her apartment she did so. They held hands and he prayed in a Nigerian Pentecostal way that made Ukamaka uncomfortable. As he prayed Ukamaka started to shiver. She wondered if it was God. She’d gotten the same feeling when she had spoken in tongues once while saying her rosary one morning. The shivering stopped as soon as it started. When the man finished praying Ukamaka went to the...

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