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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  

Half of a Yellow Sun

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Nigeria in the 1960s and the birth of Biafra, a time of massacre, bloody conflict and the end of colonialism. We experience this strife through the household of a university lecturer, his houseboy, his lover and a white man seeking something we are never sure of. It is a tale of class more than race, of tribal differences and of the horrors of the period. It is immensely impressive, a big novel in every sense. Highly recommended.

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Synopsis

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece. Now a major film starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, due for release in April 2014.

In 1960s Nigeria, Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, goes to work for Odenigbo, a radical university professor. Soon they are joined by Olanna, a young woman who has abandoned a life of privilege to live with her charismatic lover. Into their world comes Richard, an English writer, who has fallen for Olanna's sharp-tongued sister Kainene. But when the shocking horror of civil war engulfs the nation, their loves and loyalties are severely tested, while their lives pull apart and collide once again in ways none of them could have imagined...

Reviews

'Vividly written, thrumming with life ... a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River .'
Joyce Carol Oates

'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.'
Chinua Achebe

'I look with awe and envy at this young woman from Africa who is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate - and we, her readers, are even luckier.'
Edmund White

'Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic.'
Daily Mail

'Stunning. This novel is an immense achievement.'
Observer

'A magnificent novel.'
Independent

'The first great African novel of the new century.'
Guardian

'Absolutely awesome. One of the best books I've ever read.'
Judy Finnigan

'I wasted the last fifty pages, reading them far too greedily and fast, because I couldn't bear to let go ... It is a magnificent second novel - and can't fail to find the readership it deserves and demands.'
Margaret Forster

'[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, The Siege .'
Guardian

'Adichie uses language with relish. She infuses her English with a robust poetry.'
Helen Dunmore, The Times

'Adichie succeeds in tackling the horrors of this war, imbuing her portrayal of three disparate characters ... with warmth, wisdom and an acute insight into human nature.'
Daily Telegraph

'This powerful, delicate, intimate novel focuses on an individual's thoughts and emotions, the subtleties of human relationships and the psychological legacies of colonialism.'
Observer

'A powerful account of the Biafran War, horrific and tender in equal measure.'
Richard Eyre, Sunday Telegraph

'A fresh examination of the ravages of war ... a welcome addition to the corpus of African letters.'
TLS

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel 'Purple Hibiscus' was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur 'genius' grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker's list of the best 20 writers under 40.

photograph by Marco Del Grande

Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novelHalf of a Yellow Sun is a stunning book throughout, set in 1960’s Nigeria as it erupts into the bloody Biafran War of secession. There is so much I loved about this book, the crisp narration that never balks from taking the reader into the darkest corners of man’s nature, the relationship between the twin sisters Olanna and Kainene, the clashing of their different natures and the divergent paths they follow.

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Publication date

13th March 2014

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007506071

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