Half Of A Yellow Sun

Half Of A Yellow Sun

Author: Chimanda Ngozi Adichie

This book was given to me as a gift by a dear friend of mine. Having read Purple Hibiscus by the same author, I looked forward to taking a peek into this literary work of art that I knew it would be. . . and I was not disappointed.

It is set in Eastern Nigeria, the early sixties to the late sixties, the years just after Nigeria gained her independence, the events leading to the civil war, the war itself and the aftermath of the war. Through the  lives of Odenigbo, Olanna, Ugwu, Kainene and Richard, she takes us through the labyrinth of the politics of the times. It is a tale of ordinary people living in hard times who were given a reason to hope and smile, then had it so rudely taken away from them through the incidences occurring just before, during and after the war.

The aftermath of every war is evident, but never the feelings of the people who are innocently being involved in a war that wasn’t theirs to begin with. The ones who are forcefully conscripted from the streets are never really spoken about. Instead, what we hear about are the achievements of the war, or the crimes brought about by the war.

I have gained an insight into this part of my country’s history and now, I have a thirst to know more, to be part of the making of history in Nigeria today for the future.

8 thoughts on “Half Of A Yellow Sun” by Joli (@jolasmiles)

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    abby (@abby): Junior Writer - 3730 pts

    Well written Joli.

    There seems to be a consensus on certain stories for this competition; quite a number of books have had far-reaching effects on quite a number of people as well. All hail our literary giants.

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    2cute4u (@2cute4u): Junior Writer - 4157 pts

    You just made it easier

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    Amurawaiye Adeyinka (@adeyinkacu): Junior Writer - 4665 pts

    hmmm, i should really pick up that book.

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    innoalifa (@innoalifa): Head Wordsmith - 232738 pts

    … so true… so understating…

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    Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26955 pts

    Yes. Adichie shows an aspect/effect/consequence of war that is not conspicuous, but very profound.

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    Raymond (@raymond): Head Wordsmith - 51360 pts

    @innoalifa and @febidel, I reviewed the book here a while ago… : http://www.naijastories.com/2011/06/half-of-a-yellow-sun-a-review/

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      Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26955 pts

      Thank you for the link. I’ll check it out now.

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        innoalifa (@innoalifa): Head Wordsmith - 232738 pts

        That’s fine… nice work!

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