Half of a Yellow Sun

Paperback, 543 pages

English language

Published Sept. 4, 2007 by Anchor Books / Random House.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

With effortless grace, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in African history: Biafra's 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; 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 promise, hope, and the disappointment of war. --back cover

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Biafra-tietoutta romaanin muodossa

3 stars

Romaani Biafran valtion synnystä, sen lyhyestä olemassaolosta, sodasta ja nälänhädästä. Keskiössä ovat Nigerian ehdottomaan eliittiin kuuluvan perheen kaksostyttäret, jotka ovat tottuneet rikkaaseen elämään mutta jotka sodan myötä joutuvat kärsimään siinä missä muutkin ja menettävät myös omaisuutensa. Sisällöllisesti kiinnostava kurkistus 1960-luvun juuri itsenäistyneeseen Nigeriaan ja sen sisäisiin ristiriitoihin, mutta kerronta oli vähemmän vetävää ja lukemista sai tehdä ihan tosissaan.


5 stars

If I hadn't already read The Dollmaker in March then Half Of A Yellow Sun would certainly have been my Book Of The Month. Adichie's exploration of events leading up to and during the late 1960s civil war in Nigeria is a powerful indictment of irresponsible colonialism and also an emotionally moving historical novel. We see Nigeria and, for its brief existence, Biafra, through several eyes which enables Adichie to give a rounded portrayal of the disastrous attempt at independence. Already knowing how this battle will turn out means the whole of Half Of A Yellow Sun is tinged with poignancy, but I still found myself caught up in the excitement and self-belief of the Igbo people as they started to fight back against persecution.

I loved that our leading characters are such complicated people and their interconnected relationships allows us to see their actions from different perspectives. Twins are …


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