Title: Half of a Yellow Sun
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
# pages: 541
Date published: 2006
Challenge(s): Book Awards Reading Challenge (Orange Broadband), Spring Reading Thing 2008, Around the World in 80 Books (
Setting: Southeastern Nigeria (Biafra),
“Master was a little crazy; he had spent too many years reading books overseas, talked to himself in his office, did not always return greetings, and had too much hair.”
Synopsis: Half of a Yellow Sun tells the
and Prize and it was the St. Pete book club May 2008 pick.
- I learned a lot from this book. The Biafran struggle started the year before I was born and ended when I was 2 years old, so I knew nothing about it.
- It is amazing to me that Adichie can write so powerfully about war and its consequences without the book being morbid and depressing, but she managed it – somehow.
- The author lost both of her grandfathers in the Nigeria-Biafra war and grew up hearing stories about the war (she was born in 197 7).
- Ugwu, the 13-year-old houseboy that is one of the main characters, is based on a mixture of the author’s parents houseboy during the war and their houseboy when the author was growing up.
- Harrison, a minor, but interesting character, was based on the real
Harrison. The author says that he really did that with beets during the war.
- I’m looking forward to reading Purple Hib iscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, too.
- The author’s web site: http://www.halfofayellowsun.com/index.php
- The Biafran flag inspired the title:
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Also reviewed at:
Reading Adventures, A Striped Armchair, My Own Little Reading Room, Pages Turned, Baby Got Books, 1morechapter, She Treads Softly, The Hidden Side of a Leaf, Literary Feline, dovegreyreader scribbles, An Adventure in Reading, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Bookie, Book Haven, Critical Mass, Books Please, Thinking . . .
Reviews of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
The Hidden Side of a Leaf, But What These Unobservant Birds, Book Haven, dovegreyreader scribbles, My Own Little Reading Room, Ramya’s Bookshelf