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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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 ch...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781400044160
ISBN-10: 1400044162
Publication Date: 9/12/2006
Pages: 448
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Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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This is a tremendous book, very well written. I encourage readers to also listen to the speech this author recently gave at a TED conference:
http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html#

For anyone with an interest in Nigeria and the Biafran conflict, this is must reading. Her earlier book (for which she was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize), Purple Hisbiscus, is another that is well worth reading.

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