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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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.From the Hardcover edition.
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Eggs Well played 1mo
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MallenNC
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I went with the sun part of this prompt. #BrighterThanTheSun #SongsofSummer

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JoScho
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Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, this is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us a powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa.
#brighterthanthesun #songsofsummer

OriginalCyn620 💛💛💛 2mo
fleeting Wow, been meaning to read this since I read Americanah. Thanks for the encouragement to do so! 2mo
BiblioLitten My favourite read last year. 2mo
JoScho @BiblioLitten I still need to read this one. 2mo
JoScho @fleeting yay! I hope you love it! 🖤 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Some books with sun in the title. I‘ve only read the tagged book! #brighterthanthesun #songsofsummer

Stephjotsdown I don't know how you will find Hemingway's book. It was a waste of time for me. I DNF it 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks A Thousand Splendid Suns 🌞😭😭😭 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @Stephjotsdown I know I read a Hemingway in high school but honestly don‘t remember which one! It could be this one for all I know! But good for you for DNFing...it took me a while to realize that that‘s perfectly acceptable. 2mo
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OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t until you sent it to me, but now I do! 😊 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 haha! I couldn‘t remember if I sent that or The Kite Runner! Do you have it? 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don‘t have The Kite Runner. 2mo
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teachingmums.com
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#mesmerising I would read this over and over and over.

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teachingmums.com
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#mesmerising- I would read this over and over and over again.

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Caroline2
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Sorry Helen, I‘m going to have to bail on this for now. I‘ve had a bad migraine so I haven‘t been able to read but now my head has cleared I realllllly don‘t want to go back to this. 🤷‍♀️ beautiful writing but I just can‘t face the tragedy at the mo.

squirrelbrain Hope you‘re feeling better now 😘 Maybe we should pick a nice fluffy book to #looseygooseybuddyread next... 🤣 3mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain sounds like a plan! 😉 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as Americanah and Purple Hibiscus, but only because of the difficult subject matter (the Biafran War, and Adichie doesn‘t flinch from giving us the terrible details). Besides this, it is also a study of relationships, as Adichie‘s books are, and of Nigerian life in the 60s.

I love how you learn so much from this author‘s books, about cultures and events that I would never otherwise get to see.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Caroline2 Sorry Helen, I‘m gonna have to bail on this one for now. It‘s just too bleak for me at the mo. 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear@caroline2 - I can see why you need to bail and don‘t be sorry! It pushed me to move it up the TBR and I‘m glad I read it, difficult as it was... 3mo
Caroline2 Yeah, I liked the writing so I think it‘s a “it‘s not you, it‘s me” kinda situation. 😆 prob just bad timing so I‘ll give it another go another time. 👍🏻 3mo
squirrelbrain Have you read any of her others @caroline2? If not try Americanah instead, much less traumatic... 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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How are you getting on with the #looseygooseybuddyread @Caroline2 ?

Part Two (The Late Sixties) suddenly gets rather grim. (No spoilers in case you haven‘t got that far...)

Caroline2 I‘m just up to the start of part two now. I‘m liking it...but it‘s slow going isn‘t it. Kinda waiting for something to happen?! 🤔 3mo
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - oh things start to happen soon....! 3mo
Caroline2 Good! 😆 I was getting bored last night! 3mo
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Caroline2
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Looking forward to starting this one tonight! 👍🏻 #looseygooseybuddyread

BiblioLitten My favourite book last year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3mo
squirrelbrain I read one chapter on the train home from work last night.... (had another book to finish first and then the in-laws cam round for Chinese so no reading in the evening). I love how you‘re immediately immersed in a different culture. 3mo
Caroline2 I only read a few pages last night then crashed out. 😆 but yes, I feel immersed already. Loving the writing style and I can‘t wait to see what happens....! @squirrelbrain 3mo
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Aimeesue
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Ebook is in sale today in US stores

vumblereads Nice! Thank you! 3mo
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Caroline2
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Another one off the TBR shelf that I need to get to soon! 👍🏻 #herecomesthesun #beatlemaynia

suzisteffen Loved this book. Just excellent. 4mo
squirrelbrain Same here - I‘ve read some of her others, but not this one. I keep looking at it on my shelf though...! 4mo
Caroline2 @suzisteffen oh good to know! 👍🏻 4mo
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain we should do another looser-goosey buddy read! 😉 4mo
Eggs Nicely done!! 4mo
squirrelbrain @caroline2 - we definitely should! Let me know when you want to read it... I‘m easy! 4mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain excellent! 😀 shall we say Friday? Gives me chance to finish my current read! 👍🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain Cool, let‘s do it! 😁 4mo
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Went out to get some lunch at the food cart; accidentally bought some books too. *shrug*

scripturient Ooops, it‘s weird how these things just happen. I have no explanation for this phenomenon. 😁 4mo
BookNAround I accidentally buy books a lot. I can‘t imagine how this happens but I‘m glad I‘m not the only afflicted person. 😂 4mo
wanderinglynn A similar thing happened to me. I was checking my email and accidentally bought some books from Thriftbooks. 😂 4mo
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MidnightBookGirl I cannot walk into a bookstore without tripping over something and accidentally throwing a stack of books and my debit card at the register. By then I'm too embarrassed to say anything and just have to suck it up and bring the books home with me. 4mo
rretzler Seems as though my mouse accidentally slips and clicks on the Buy Now With 1-Click button on Amazon a lot. It doesn‘t seem to happen with anything other than books and it seems a shame to return them. 🤣 4mo
quietjenn @scripturient @BookNAround @wanderinglynn @MidnightBookGirl @rretzler truly, you are all my people. I don't understand how this keeps happening to us. 😉😆😃 4mo
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mldkennedy
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(April 2019) Amazing, one of the best books I have read in a while. Powerful storylines and compelling characters that I miss spending time with.

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MrsMarks88
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Making a head start on February‘s book club read!

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Mcoun
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The tale of a family in the years leading up to and during the civil war in Nigeria in the 1960s. This is not a story for the faint of heart, as it spares nothing in its descriptions of what it‘s like to live in a war zone.

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Adichie is a truly marvelous writer. This novel tells the story of Biafra's struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s through the eyes of three main characters: Ugwu, a 13-year-old houseboy who works for a professor who supports the revolution; Olanna, the professor‘s mistress; and Richard, an Englishman in love with Olanna‘s twin sister. It's harsh and beautiful and visceral.

vivastory One of my favorite reads of the year 8mo
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A powerful look at the Biafran war in the 1960s through the eyes of several characters: Ugwu the houseboy, his boss and academic Odenigbo, his girlfriend Olanna, and a white Englishman Richard. The characters really come alive in this story, based in part on the experiences of the author's parents, and made me want to learn more about Nigeria's history. Fascinating and well-written historical fiction that I highly recommend.

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There‘s nothing like getting ready to leave for the day when you know you‘re going to finish a good book on your train ride home.

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Kelly
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Half way through this door stopper. I don't love it like Americanah, but it's still damn good.

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Bookwormjillk
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My current metro read- why did I wait so long? This one definitely has the capacity to make me miss my stop.

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Literaturenut
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It took a while for me to really feel invested in these characters. Her writing is beautiful and the characters were well developed. The story was woven together wonderfully and by the end, the heart break of the story hit me hard. #SetInAfrica #AfricanAuthor #getreading2018 #22of36 #audiobook

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Kelly
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Matt Nathanson and Kelly Corrigan started a book club and it might be the first book club I try to stay up on. Current read is this one! (More on the book club soon, too).

irre Such a great book. 10mo
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sofiaga
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I really enjoyed this book. It addresses war and loss but with a very special voice. It was also very immersive. I almost miss my bus stop a couple of times

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sofiaga
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Lunch today was very successful

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sofiaga
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Lunch

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BiblioLitten
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1. Tie between the tagged book and Crime and Punishment.
2. 11-12 books. 👶🏻🤷🏻‍♀️
3. My 30th birthday. 🤓
4. My first trip this year (Also, my baby‘s first trip).
5. It‘s almost next Thursday🙈
#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

GingerAntics Welcome to your 30s!!! 10mo
wanderinglynn Happy 30th! And thanks for playing! 👋🏻😀 10mo
Kaye #3 You are still a young whippersnapper. I‘m twice your age and still kicking. 8mo
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Reading this for my church book group, and came across this. What a true, true quote. It‘s resonating with me today!

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The_Reading_Hedgehog
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This book took me so long to finish because I needed time to comprehend everything I was reading. It was beautifully written and it took me back to my high school days - to my history classes where discussed wars and African politics with a clarity that surprises me to remember. This book was mentioned then but it took me forever to begin reading Chimanda Adichie. As a fellow West-African, these books bring me a joy I only dreamed as a child.

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BiblioLitten
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Years ago when I read The Handmaid‘s Tale, I knew I would greedily devour other novels by Atwood (which I did). I have the same feeling after reading Half Of A Yellow Sun. It‘s a beautiful novel. I still cannot stop thinking about the characters. Can‘t wait to read Americanah and Purple Hibiscus.
💕 #newfavourite

AppuNthebooks Ditto! I can‘t get enough of Adichie! I lapped up her books. And as for Atwood, the book that got me hooked was Blind Assassin. 11mo
BiblioLitten @AppuSam The Blind Assassin was really good. Alias Grace is another favourite 💕 11mo
emmaturi Oh I just pick up Purple Hibiscus at a srcond hand store! It will be my first of her books that I read! 11mo
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staci.reads
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This is my 4th Adichie book, and I'm convinced she can't make a misstep. It tells the story of two sisters and the people in their lives prior to & during the Nigeria-Biafra War of the late 1960s, which sadly, I knew nothing about prior to reading this book. It's a story about love, loyalty, and revolution. It's also an unblinking look at the ugliness and horror of war, starvation, and loss of humanity. It, like her other books, will stay with me.

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Smarkies
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➡️ Half of a Yellow Sun
➡️James Herriot
➡️How I Met Your Mother
➡️Hummus
#manicmonday
#letterh
@JoScho

JoScho Legend-wait for it-dary! 12mo
Sharpeipup My husband & I are big HIMYM fans & have a debate going...who‘s the best character? And least? 12mo
Smarkies @Sharpeipup hahahaha! Is there a definitive answer for this? 🤣🤣 12mo
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BiblioLitten
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A little bit of sunshine, as the sky pours all over the city. #currentread #Nigeria

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Agabriv
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War takes away people and things that matter.

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Readerann
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But...but...5 cents each! 😁😩 #librarysale

BarbaraBB Great pic 😂😍 12mo
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BarbaraJean
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Catching up on #readingresolutions with an #orange #yellow combo! Both of these are from my TBR, but Half of a Yellow Sun is on my “to be read sooner” shelf. 😏

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sprainedbrain
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My favorite #AOC is a no-brainer... I adore Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s books. She‘s a truly gifted writer. My favorite of hers is Half of Yellow Sun.

I found an article from Oprah‘s magazine where she listed another book that I love, The Color Purple, as a favorite. ❤️

#AGameOfFavorites

Tashreads 😍😍 12mo
bookandcat ahhh I adore her!!! 12mo
tammysue 😍 12mo
AshleyHoss820 I watched a video of a talk she gave and she is indeed incredible. 😊 12mo
Amandajoy Love her! I think Half a Yellow Sun is the only one I haven‘t read. I‘m hesitant to read it because then I won‘t have any more left! 12mo
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Vansa
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#agameoffavorites is so much fun I'm doing the earlier prompts as well-#day2 #favouritefemaleauthor.The tagged book is one of my favourite books ever-spectacular moving book about a devastating conflict that's not talked about too.much now but plays out across the world.The author's mentioned a great list of her favourite books, among them Achebe's Arrow of God.

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sprainedbrain
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Definitely not my first #diverseread but one that I have read more recently that really affected me. This amazing novel about the Biafran War was eye opening and powerful. Adichie is such a gifted writer.

#24in48

ElaineHowlin Haven't read this one but i agree with you, she is a wonderful writer. 13mo
Readerann This is in my stack! Looking forward to it. 13mo
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BekaReid
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This was a compelling read by a gifted writer. Specifically about the Biafran war, which I knew little about prior to reading this book, Adichie gives us a harrowing view of the lives of ordinary, flawed people and how fragile and how resilient people are in dealing with the horrors of coups/starvation/refugee status, and in coping with grief, and with the fragments left in the wake of war.

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Smarkies
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1. Dogs 🐕🐕🐕
2. I really liked the tagged book this year
3. Blue, green, purple
4. Tea
5. The beach
6. Magnolias, hydrangeas

#jb @LazyDays

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Lindy
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My favourite way to learn some history is through responsible depictions in fiction or biography that focuses on women‘s lives & illuminates today‘s issues. This powerful #audiobook delivers. Flawed, compelling characters with disintegrating relationships in the midst of a harrowing civil war. Trauma & starvation; themes of loyalty & betrayal; skillful, evocative prose. Epic, transcendent & absorbing. Also, superb narration by Zainab Jah.

Weaponxgirl This has been on my tbr for ever and I don't know why I haven't got to it yet. 14mo
Weaponxgirl And that is exactly how I like to learn history too! 14mo
Lindy @Weaponxgirl I started reading this over a decade ago, but there were holds and I had to return it to the library, and I‘m so glad that I finally got back to it. 14mo
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Tashreads
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Just in! I do have a book buying problem. I do I do I do.

LRSmith I thought Essex Serpent was remarkable. Perry hits just the right tone for the historical period. Just bought Half of a Yellow Sun a few weeks ago myself. From on one addict to another.... (edited) 14mo
Tashreads @LRSmith glad to hear about Essex Serpent. I‘ve heard very mixed reviews, so now my expectations have been raised. No pressure 😉🤣 14mo
sprainedbrain Half of a Yellow Sun is amazing! ❤️ 14mo
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Lindy
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A fortuitous pair of concurrent reads: the audio edition of Adichie‘s novel, set in 1960s Nigeria, and Edemariam‘s intimate biography of her Ethiopian grandmother, Yetemegnu Mekonnen, who was married at age 8.

batsy I was planning to read Edemariam's book for last month's #readaroundtheworld Ethiopia but didn't manage to fit it in. Hope to get to it at some point! Look forward to your thoughts. 1y
Lindy @batsy It sucked me in right from the start. I‘m about 50 pages in and sometimes find myself a bit overwhelmed by all of the names and events in the history bits, but then it comes back to Yetemegnu and I‘m in again, 100%. 1y
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sprainedbrain
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Adichie is such a gifted writer. I loved her Americanah, but Half of a Yellow Sun brought the Biafran War (which I knew very little about prior to starting the book) to life for me through the eyes of these amazingly complex characters. It‘s so much more than a war story, though, full of joy, awakenings, loss and sadness.

I listened to the audio read by Zainab Jah, and it was fantastic.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

MrBook Great review! As always. 😁👍🏻👍🏻 1y
vivastory One of my favorites of the year. I keep thinking about it. 1y
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sprainedbrain @vivastory I‘m certain I will be thinking about it for a long while. 1y
staci.reads I loved Americanah and Purple Hibiscus! This one is in the tbr pile next to my bed. Looking forward to it! 1y
Tanisha_A I loved Americanah too, can't wait to get my hands on this one now. Have heard great things consistently. And your review is on point too! 😀👏 1y
batsy Great review! This is my favourite of hers. 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#AdelesMayMashUp Day 29: The character of Kainene in this unforgettable story definitely has a #CruelToBeKind vibe to it. She is the more forbidding among the twins, almost with an air of hostility about her. Yet, there is also a concealed gentleness, often mistaken for mockery, that genuinely exists within her as she found love, experienced betrayal, and reclaimed love for her own once again.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good! 1y
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BarbaraJean
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I read Purple Hibiscus over 10 years ago, before Adichie‘s name was everywhere. I still remember being at a party & thinking longingly of it, wishing I could go home to finish my book! I bought this one because I loved the other so much, but it‘s been on the TBR so long that I feel very late to the party! At least it‘s on my “read these soon” shelf...😏 #readingresolutions #sunshine

GatheringBooks one of my greatest reads this year, most definitely 1y
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MyBookLife
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These are the books I chose for #7favesin7days and I swear I didn‘t do it consciously, but the majority is female authors ☺️❤️

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MyBookLife
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#7favesin7days

Day 6

I absolutely loved this book ❤️❤️❤️

charl08 But what is on the cover? 1y
irre Me too!! 1y
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