Half of a Yellow Sun Author:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie In 1960’s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war, three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a house-boy for a university lecturer. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. The third is Richard, a shy Englishman in th... more »rall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. When the shocking horror of the war engulfs them, their loyalties are severely tested as they are pulled apart and thrown together in ways that none of them imagined…« less
This is a story of the Biafran War, a civil war in Nigeria in the late 60's, a time and place I know very little about. The main characters in the book are middle class Biafrans and we follow their struggle to survive the calamities of war times in their country. There was a lot of suffering in the story, but the focus was on hope and humanity, which caught my interest on page one and kept my interest throughout. My only complaint is that the mystery surrounding "the events leading up to Baby's birth" felt forced and unnecessary. It seemed as though the book would have been as good or better if the story had been told straight through without trying to create that mystery. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone.
The intersection of lives in Nigeria during the era of the secession of Biafra. Heartrending descriptions of the horrors and effects of war. Beautifully written, and like "Purple Hibiscus", well worth your time.