Half of a Yellow Sun

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Knopf Canada, Oct 29, 2010 - Fiction
11 Reviews
With her award-winning debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was heralded by the Washington Post Book World as the “21st century daughter” of Chinua Achebe. Now, in her masterly, haunting new novel, she recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s.

With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigbo’s beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parents’ world of wealth and excess; Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their father’s business; and Kainene’s English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds. As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place.
Epic, ambitious and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a more powerful, dramatic and intensely emotional picture of modern Africa than any we have had before.


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Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

User Review  - Margitte - Goodreads

Finished reading July 03, 2013 Brilliant book - once again. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes in detail and manages to keep the reader glued to the book.For those who want to understand what the African ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tania - Goodreads

The world was silent when we died This was not an easy book to read. Once again I have to hang my head in shame and admit that I knew nothing about this part of history before reading Half of a Yellow ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
32
Section 3
66
Section 4
105
Section 5
127
Section 6
137
Section 7
151
Section 8
162
Section 21
294
Section 22
298
Section 23
302
Section 24
304
Section 25
320
Section 26
326
Section 27
355
Section 28
379

Section 9
169
Section 10
179
Section 11
184
Section 12
189
Section 13
196
Section 14
206
Section 15
217
Section 16
226
Section 17
230
Section 18
243
Section 19
261
Section 20
271
Section 29
403
Section 30
439
Section 31
461
Section 32
471
Section 33
492
Section 34
503
Section 35
511
Section 36
522
Section 37
532
Section 38
538
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About the author (2010)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the Hurston/Wright Legacy award. It was also shortlisted 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 U.S. and Nigeria.


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