Half of a Yellow Sun

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 12, 2008 - Fiction - 560 pages
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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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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

This is the story of five individuals during the short time of Biafra's attempted secession from Nigeria in the early '60s. First is Ugwu, a young village boy sent to be the servant of a university ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

This was so much more painful to read than Americanah was. It took me several times longer to read, too, but that wasn't why; I just had some other things in the last few weeks that took up most of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
32
Section 3
66
Section 4
127
Section 5
137
Section 6
151
Section 7
162
Section 8
169
Section 20
294
Section 21
298
Section 22
304
Section 23
320
Section 24
327
Section 25
355
Section 26
379
Section 27
403

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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About the author (2008)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and the Iowa Review. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. She now divides her time between the U.S. and Nigeria.


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