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Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Published: 2007-09-04
Paperback : 543 pages
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A haunting story of love and war from “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama), the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern ...

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A haunting story of love and war from “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama), the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

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by pwjenks (see profile) 04/29/17

 
  "Half of a Yellow Sun"by jhdreier (see profile) 09/03/14

It's an interesting book, with interesting characters. But biggest complaint is how long it is... not quite sure it was worth it.

 
  "Half of a Yellow Sun"by Italian (see profile) 07/28/11

I read this book from beginning to end which is unusual for me. At first it was a little slow but it kept building up in intensity and interest so I could not stop wanting to read every moment I got. Then... (read more)

 
  "4.5 stars"by 1morechapter (see profile) 02/14/11

A beautifully told story of a savage civil war, Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun definitely deserved the 2007 Orange Prize.

'They sat on wooden planks and the weak morning sun streamed in

... (read more)

 
  "THis a beautifully crafted story from 5 points of view, so you can see class and genger and age perspectives on the Biafra war from the Biafra view point."by flohoy (see profile) 11/15/08

I couldn't put this down, even though some of it is very dark.
The characters were warmly drawn and the view point was not what I remember from the news reports of the 60's. Seeing this vie
... (read more)

 
  "Story of the Nigerian/Biafran civil war in the late 60's told through the eyes of 5 very human characters."by asbrown (see profile) 04/01/08

I think the author was masterful in providing 5 different points of view, using the same narrator. The book was intimate, lovely, sad, and grim. It was a great history lesson wrapped in a very human package.... (read more)

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