Book Reviews of Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus
Purple Hibiscus
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN-13: 9781400076949
ISBN-10: 1400076943
Publication Date: 9/14/2004
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Thought provoking book. Told from the daughter's point of view. A story of a family in Nigeria. They are wealthy; Father is extremely in his catholic faith; The family is controlled by the father through mental and physical abuse yet the daughter loves her father unconditionally. The state of the country is mirrored in this one family. There is a struggle between 'the old ways' and catholism, between peace/calmness and freedom, love and choice. Well worth the time to read it.
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This is a very good story about young Nigerian girl named Kambili who must come to terms with the political strife in her country as well as her tyrannical father's twisted view of faith.

Easy-to-read, engaging story!
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Helpful Score: 1
An excellent story which immerses you completely in another culture, while the plot explores abuse at the hands of an extremely religious parent.
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Excellent book. Details the life of a sheltered young girl, who is abused by her ultra religious father in the name of religion. I found it interesting that the father was so blind to anything but God, but the daughter was as well, as she still held her father in the highest regard (like God) despite what he did to her and her mother and brother. Some pretty cringe-worthy descriptions of abuse, but they are intregal to the story. I was left wanting more at the end... what happened next?
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An engrossing story set in Nigeria, of a brother and sister sent by their stern father to live with his sister during a time of disturbance, where they discover a new life with love and laughter. From the NY Times Book Review, "The author's straightforward prose captures the tragic riddle of a man who has made an unquestionably positive contribution to the lives of strangers while abandoning the needs of those who are closest to him."
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"This is a terrific book across the board. Well written, never self indulgent, to the point, poignant and incredible up to date. It has is it all.
It tells the story of a rich family in a country that is being torn apart by civil war. It never brings politics to the foreground, but everything revolves around it.
The family is the revered by most in their community but they hold a tragic secret and somehow they have to find a way to live with the consequences of it.
A must read for searious readers who love reading..." amazon review
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15 year Kambili's world is her family compound and wealthy Catholic father who is generous and politically ative in the community but repressive and fanatically religious at home. She is sent away to live with an Aunt and discovers laughter and a life beyond her father's control.
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The story of a Nigerian teenager who grows up amidst a tyrannical household and political chaos. Absolutely engrossing. I loved it!
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It's about a girl in Africa whose family is Catholic and her father is a respected leader in the community. She talks about how others view their lives and how they actually are. How she tries to keep her distance from other kids so she won't have to explain her home life. It also touches briefly on the political events that affect their lives. It's a very well written story. It's engaging from page 1. I was surprised how quickly I got through it. I just couldn't put it down. It was very touching and sometimes very sad. I highly recommend this book. It was on my TBR forever. I can't believe I waited so long to read it!
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Amazing story. Absolutely loved it
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Having heard so much about this writer, I was excited to read this, her first novel. What a disappointment. Kambili, the main character, let the world pass her by rather than moving herself, let herself be acted upon rather than acting on her own, and spent the novel thinking, "Gee, I wish *I'd* thought to say that." She begins as a passive character and ends as a passive character, having no metamorphosis or growth; her mind is in the same place it was at the beginning of the book and I can only think that all that happened to her was for naught.

I would have loved for this story to be about Kambili's brother, Jaja; he was interesting and obviously went through a major crisis of self-discovery and shifted his life's point-of-view. His decision at the end reflected that in every way.

I even would have loved for this story to be about the mother, who changed drastically, taking an action of which I didn't think she was capable.

The character of the father, although despicable in every way, was at least well-rounded and very real. His extreme piety, unfortunately, poisoned him at the core. Religion was not given a pretty face in this novel.

What I liked about the book most of all, I think, was the descriptions of the food and Nigerian culture. By the end of the book, I felt like I had a good handle on the typical Nigerian's day and their fear of the government. Beware: corruption abounds. The descriptions of the food preparation and *how* one eats the food are detailed and really bring the book to life. Right now I am craving yams. Not sweet potatoes. Yams.
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good story and great depiction of life in nigeria
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Kambilis father, Eugene, is a wealthy businessman and newspaperman focused on telling the truth of the upheaval in Nigeria, but even more focused on his fanatical version of Catholicism. Kambili, her brother Jaja, and their mother all live on edge, walking on eggshells, never knowing when he might snap. In contrast, Eugenes sister, Kambilis Aunty Ifeoma, is a university professor and a widow, cheerfully raising her children to be independent. One winter vacation Aunty Ifeoma convinces Eugene to allow Kambili and Jaja to visit. A visit that will change their worlds forever.

Adichie immediately draws the reader into Nigeria, so that even if you are not familiar with the setting, it feels as if you have always known that country. The characters, even those with monstrous flaws, are still presented well-rounded and believable. Kambili is heart-breaking. Her Aunty Ifeoma is a woman to respect and admire.

Alas, the deux ex machina style ending did not live up to the setting and characters, but the book still makes the reader think and connect. This book is incredibly accessible, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of contemporary, literary stories.

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