Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

79%

10 Critic Reviews

She brings to it a lucid intelligence and compassion, and a heartfelt plea for memory.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.  

 

About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also short-listed for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta and The Iowa Review among other literary journals, and she received an O. Henry Prize in 2003. She is a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
 
Published November 12, 2008 by Anchor. 562 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History, Travel. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
on Oct 01 2006

It’s a measure of Adichie’s mastery of small things — and of the mess the world is in — that we see that man arrive, in country after country, again and again and again.

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Guardian

Good
on Aug 19 2006

She brings to it a lucid intelligence and compassion, and a heartfelt plea for memory.

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Guardian

Good
on Aug 13 2006

The many-sided nature of conflict is graphically realised in this stunning second novel.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Mar 02 2007

With Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie presents her readers with a gorgeously wrought story set in horrific times.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Nov 06 2006

I read Half of a Yellow Sun and marveled, too, at the disconnections Adichie so expertly explored.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Merle Rubin on Sep 12 2006

...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.

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Booklist Online

Excellent

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.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Nov 28 2012

Minor irritations within the structure notwithstanding, it is a powerful, evocative book, written with wisdom and passion. It will teach you something.

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The Millions

Above average
on May 27 2008

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.

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BookDragon

Good
on Jun 18 2011

Adichie’s tightly controlled storytelling – terrifying yet never maudlin, inspiring but never sentimental.

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