Purple Hibiscus: A Novel
Fifteen-year-old Kambili's world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.
When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father's authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mirrani - LibraryThing
The words "beautiful", "touching", "amazing", "wonderful" and "enjoyable" don't even come close to describing this book. I think the only word I can find to describe it is "real", which doesn't at all ... Read full review
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How does anyone ever trust the pillars of the community when it's such a cliché? This is a powerful depiction of a girl stunted by growing up under an abusively controllling father. And of the effects ... Read full review
African Pasts: Memory and History in African Literatures
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African pasts: memory and history in African literatures
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