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Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun
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In 1960s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war, three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy... show more
In 1960s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war, three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400044160 (1400044162)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 433
Edition language: English
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
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5.0 Biafra: The World Was Silent When We Died
Half of a Yellow Sun is named for the centerpiece of the Biafran flag: * Red for the blood of those massacred in northern Nigeria after the country's 1960 independence; in the time period leading up to the Nigeria-Biafra war, and in that war itself; * Black for mourning them and in remembrance; * Gr...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
5.0 Biafra: The World Was Silent When We Died
Half of a Yellow Sun is named for the centerpiece of the Biafran flag: * Red for the blood of those massacred in northern Nigeria after the country's 1960 independence; in the time period leading up to the Nigeria-Biafra war, and in that war itself; * Black for mourning them and in remembrance; * Gr...
Obsidian Black Plague
Obsidian Black Plague rated it
4.0 Half of a Yellow Sun
I don't know how many of you are familiar with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A lot of people recognize the name now because if you are a fan of Beyonce, you heard her speech "We should all be feminists" in Beyonce's Flawless song. I eventually went and listened to the whole speech soon after and thought...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
5.0 Review: Half of a Yellow Sun
“If intentions were horses...” Wait, what's the proverb? I've had intentions of reading Half of a Yellow Sun since I first noticed it in 2008. It has been sitting patiently at the top of my to-read pile for years. I'm not sure why it took this long, but it did. Finally, I can say I've read it and,...
Sad Books Say So Much
Sad Books Say So Much rated it
4.5 Completed March 27, 2015
Yes, indeed, agha ojoka - war is very ugly. Especially when the monsters win. I hope I never, ever see a body in motion without a head. I hope my nieces inherit a universe in which human beings are not tortured for daring to improve their minds. What a book! As a friend is fond of saying, one...
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