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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun

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Historical Fiction 448 Knopf/Anchor 2006




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian writer.

An Igbo from the South East region of Nigeria, she has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature" Read more


Odenigbo, Olanna, Kainene, Ugwu, Richard Churchill


Odenigboer (Mama), Chiamaka (Baby), Amala, Eberechi, Madu Madu, Okeoma, Chief Ozobia, Mrs Ozobia, Mohammed, Arize, Aunty Ifeka, Uncle Mbaezi's Mother



A touching  and heart-rending story, told with an extraordinary self-confidence that is rare in the debut novel... :Femi Osofisan (Professor of Drama, University of Ibadan A sensitive and touching story:J.M Coetzee (Winner of 2003 Noble Price for Literature)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's narrative power matches the best across 'generation' of African writers- from Chinua Achebe to Calixthe Beyala and Ben Okri:Odia Ofeimun (Renowned Poet and Human Right Activist) An original, absorbing and compelling novel... This is a book you return to again and again; each reading draws you deeper into the vast treasures of purple hibiscus:Akachi Adimor-Ezeigbo (Winner of the Nigerian Prize for Literature, 2007



Excerpt from Half of a Yellow Sun

‘Your mother made a scene.’

‘You’re angry,’ Odenigbo looked puzzled. He sat down in the armchair, and for the first time she noticed how much space there was between the furniture, how sparse her flat was, how unlived in. Her things were in his house; her favourite books were in the shelves in his study. ‘Nkem, I didn’t know you’d take this so seriously. You can see that my mother doesn’t know what she’s doing. She’s just a village woman. She’s trying to make her way in a new world with skills that are better suited for the old one.’ Odenigbo got up and moved closer to take her in his arms, but Olanna turned and walked into the kitchen.

‘You never talk about your mother,’ she said. ‘You’ve never asked me to come to Abba with you to visit her.’

‘Oh stop it, nkem. It’s not as if I go that often to see her, and I did ask you the last time but you were going to Lagos.’

She walked over to the stove and ran a sponge on the warm surface, over and over, her back to Odenigbo. She felt as if she had somehow failed him and herself by allowing his mother’s behaviour to upset her. She should be above it; she should shrug it off as the ranting of a village woman; she should not keep thinking of all the retorts she could have, instead of just standing mutely in that kitchen. But she was upset, and made even more so by Odenigbo’s expression, as if he could not believe she was not quite as high-minded as he had thought. He was making her feel small and absurdly petulant and, worse yet, she suspected he was right. She always suspected he was right. For a brief irrational moment, she wished she could walk away from him. Then she wished, more rationally, that she could love him without needing him. Need gave him power without his trying; need was the choicelessness she often felt around him.




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