In the Books Section:
Binti & Binti: Home
Discussed January 2018
By Nnedi Okorafor
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- If you have read other works by Nnedi Okorafor, how do the “Binti” books compare? Have you noticed similar themes or motifs in her works?
- If you have not previously read any other works by Nnedi Okorafor, are you now interested
in reading more?
- Do the “Binti” books have a “feminist agenda” or are they more widely applicable?
- What do Binti and Binti: Home seem to say about family/societal expectations versus personal life choices? How might this apply in an LGBTQ context?
- Binti sometimes admits that she wishes she could “go back” to un-do choices she’s made or actions she’s taken. What seems to be the author’s take on this?
- What do you think about Okorafor’s depiction of the Himba people – a traditionalist and isolationist culture producing an important and influential high-tech product (the astrolabes)?
- Binti: Home briefly introduces a transgendered character: Haifa, a friend at Oomza Uni. What is your opinion of this character and how she is portrayed in the story?
- What is your opinion of Okorafor’s ability to depict “believable” alien races?
- There seem to have been at least a couple of “close encounters” with alien races on Earth: the Meduse and the Zinariya. What’s your opinion on how successfully Okorafor has woven these “encounters” into the storyline?
- Both books include depictions of sophisticated “bio-tech”. Do you think they’re “believable” or “reasonable”?
- What is the edan (the “godstone”)? Is it just a MacGuffin (a device used to advance the plot); or does it have a wider meaning or application?