With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.
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...this superbly talented writer has tackled a broader, more ambitious subject: the civil war that took place in the decade before her birth. Between her extensive readings and her family's memories of these events, Adichie clearly has the background and understanding to write such a novel.Read Full Review of Half of a Yellow Sun | See more reviews from LA Times
Adichie has masterminded a commanding, sensitive epic about a vicious civil war that, for all its particular nightmares, parallels every war predicated by prejudice and stoked by outside powers hungry for oil and influence.Read Full Review of Half of a Yellow Sun
Minor irritations within the structure notwithstanding, it is a powerful, evocative book, written with wisdom and passion. It will teach you something.Read Full Review of Half of a Yellow Sun
Although Adichie devotes almost equal time to life before the war and life during it, it is the war narrative that drives the book and gives it a residual strength that I still feel more than week after finishing it.Read Full Review of Half of a Yellow Sun
Adichie’s tightly controlled storytelling – terrifying yet never maudlin, inspiring but never sentimental.Read Full Review of Half of a Yellow Sun
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