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Half of A Yellow Sun

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Half of A Yellow Sun
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A novel set during Nigeria's struggle for independence in the 1960s involving five characters including thirteen-year-old Ugwu, a university professor, the professor's mistress, and a young Englishman named Richard.
Authors: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
Title: Half of a yellow sun
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: 543 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Summary: A novel set during Nigeria's struggle for independence in the 1960s involving five characters including thirteen-year-old Ugwu, a university professor, the professor's mistress, and a young Englishman named Richard.
Awards & Distinctions: Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007
ISBN: 9781400095209
1400095204
Branch Call Number: FICTION ADICHIE 2007
Subject Headings: Nigeria History Civil War, 1967-1970 Fiction Nigeria History 1960- Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Political fiction
LCCN: 2007279788
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January: Beautifully written, sweeping saga about family loyalties and the Nigeria-Biafra war.

The emotional story of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of two wealthy Igbo sisters, a shy British expat and a thirteen year old peasant houseboy.

The emotional story of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of two wealthy Igbo sisters, a shy British expat and a thirteen year old peasant houseboy.

A novel set during Nigeria's struggle for independence in the 1960s involving five characters including thirteen-year-old Ugwu, a university professor, the professor's mistress, and a young Englishman named Richard.

Publisher's Weekly called this "a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing."


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I was so glad i read this book about 2 years ago. Looking forward to reading it again after i have done justice to the other novels i am yet to read.

Jun 19, 2013
  • spacecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Also read Chinua Achebe's newest (2012) book on Biafra and you will realize that Adichie's book is based on documentation and therefore is chilling and frightening. Especially with recent (2013) arrests of Nigerians seen carrying a Biafran flag. Very well written, dedicated to her two grandfathers who did not survive the Biafran War.

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Biafra’s vicious civil war of the 1960s is the setting for Adichie’s novel. Her characters are swept up in the violence but, in a wider sense, they are forced to confront the reality of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate all of these things. The author is Nigerian born and writes with her family’s experiences in mind. Through their pain we see the true cost of warfare —and the meaning of “collateral” damage.

I read this book two years ago and it was great. If you get a chance, you should read the authors other book called, "Purple Hibiscus". It's awesome

Jul 23, 2012
  • peterbryan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Adichie had me on the opening page. It's a long book but the characters are so rich, so full of love and eagerness to love, pinned against the wartorn economically impoverished background of Nigeria, such an overwhelming and engrossing contrast.

May 12, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in the 60's, this is the story of two grown sisters who struggle to survive the civil war where Biafra fights to establish themselves independent from Nigeria. It is a story about war and famine, but it is also a book about relationships, loyalty and family. It won the Orange Prize for fiction.

Dec 07, 2011
  • azor rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Love this author...have read everything by her.

Jun 25, 2011
  • Blackjack_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A real tour de force! A must read.

May 31, 2011
  • brinyurchin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brings the cruelty of war together with deep characters. A story that needs to be heard since humanity cannot seem to get past tribal warfare and racism. The writing is clear and doesn't get in the way of experiencing the surreal force of the war. Beautifully done, it was in her bones to tell this story.

Apr 20, 2011
  • photogrrlkp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous book from an amazingly gifted writer. One of my favorites. If you like this, check out her first book, "Purple Hibiscus" - not as good, but still a great read.

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Jul 11, 2011
  • Blackjack_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This profoundly gripping story takes place as the Igbo people try to form the independent nation of Biafra during the 1960s. Yes, you will read what you would expect to read when the word “Biafra” is mentioned: famine and war. But if you turned away before reading this amazing book, you would miss the story of Olanna and her sister, Kainene. You would miss learning about the cultures of eastern Africa from the poorest villagers to the wealthy landowners and the intellectual elite. This story transcends its setting by an author who lets you into the lives and relationships of the families and in so doing, you learn more about the human condition even in inhuman times. One of the most interesting characters is scarcely mentioned as the story begins – Ugwu, the 13-year old houseboy – but through his eyes you see how he rises from insignificance to one of the main characters. Everything in this story is believable and compelling; a real tour de force!

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