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.
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.
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.
Looking forward to starting this one tonight! 👍🏻 #looseygooseybuddyread
Went out to get some lunch at the food cart; accidentally bought some books too. *shrug*
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.
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.
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🙈
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Just in! I do have a book buying problem. I do I do I do.
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.
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.
#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.
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