Half of a Yellow Sun
Author: Chimamandra Ngozi Adichie
Synopsis: Half of a Yellow Sun follows a group of characters through the rise and fall of Biafra in Nigeria during the 1960’s. From Ugwu, the loyal house boy to Odengibo the revolutionary, Richard the white British expatriate who considers himself Biafran and his lover, the fiery, pragmatic Kainene, Adichie’s characters take the reader through this little known time in Nigerian history.
What I thought: I never even knew that part of Nigeria seceded to form a new state in the 60’s! A very interesting fact, especially considering the following refugee and humanitarian needs crisis that followed led to the formation of Doctors without Borders. This is our book group book for July and I think it will provoke a lot of discussion. It is beautifully written and the imagery stunning. Adichie involves her reader with her characters lives. The overwhelming disappointment I felt in Ugwu at one stage was devastating, almost like my own nephew or close friend had let me down. I can see this being made into a very powerful, emotional movie.I would be very interested to read other Adicihie works.
Recommended for: those who want to know about life outside of their own little comfort zone.
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, E-Book challenge