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
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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