Absolutely stunning and heartbreaking
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When I started reading this book, I had absolutely no idea what it would be about. I had read all other books by Adichie and loved every single one of them, so I figured this would be no different. So when the symbol of the "half of a yellow sun" was finally mentioned in the book and revealed the central theme of the story, name... When I started reading this book, I had absolutely no idea what it would be about. I had read all other books by Adichie and loved every single one of them, so I figured this would be no different. So when the symbol of the "half of a yellow sun" was finally mentioned in the book and revealed the central theme of the story, namely Biafra's war for independence, I was completely surprised and unprepared. The book covers two main timelines: the early sixties before the war and the late sixties when the war starts and ultimately ends. Each timeline manages to generate its own importance through the depth and personal struggles of the characters. And it is in part only because of the acute description of life before the war, that it becomes so painfully obvious what was and is lost during the war. Through her fantastic story-telling abilities, Adichie creates characters that resonate not only because they are likeable, but because they are inherently human. This book is brilliant from the very first to the very last page and will surely occupy my mind for a long time.
Half of a Yellow Sun
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as "the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor's beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna's twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also short-listed for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta and The Iowa Review among other literary journals, and she received an O. Henry Prize in 2003. She is a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.