The story is narrated by 15 year old Kambili. She and her brother Ja Ja ar...more
Kambili is fifteen, living at home with her brother, Jaja, her mother and her father, a wealthy businessman. Their home life though affluent and seemingly stable is an unhappy one with Kambili, Jaja and their mother walking on eggshells, living with the physically and emotionally abusive father, a religious, fanatical tyrant. Nigeria, politically unstable at this time, succumbs to a military coup.
This is author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut. The writing is flowing, easy to follow, t...more
Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
New York: Anchor Books, 2003
307 pp. $15
“Purple Hibiscus”, written by contemporary Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of a lonely and reclusive 15-year-old girl, Kambili, in present-day Nigeria. The tumultuous social, political, and religious climate, typical to that time in Nigeria, permeates every aspect of Kambili’s life. But Kambili’s situation is different than that of m...more
Nigerian political strife is merely a backdrop in this novel. Eugene, Kambili’s father, runs a paper and finds himself having to take his printing underground to escape the authorities; Ifeoma, Kambili’s aunt/ E...more
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Perhaps the use of these words are coincidental but they sum up what is going to happen as the story continues. The story takes place is the post-colonial Nigeria plagued with political instability and economic difficulties. The conflicts between t...more
Men beat their wives and children. Politics is a dirty business. And the Catholic Church is bad. The end.
Who cares. Seen it, read it heard it, many times before.
Rating: 4* of five
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Fifteen year old Kambili, lives a life of privilege in with her parents, and her brother Jaja in Nigeria. The father, Eugene is a wealthy businessman, a religious fanatic, and a strict disciplinarian. His family is the recipient of his cruel and unusual forms of punishment. The book opens on Palm Sunday, with the father, Eu...more
The story itself - a sort of coming of age story of a very sheltered teenager - is interesting more because its perspective is unu...more
Kambili and her family are of the wealthy upper class in Nigeria. Her father owns several factories and is a major benefactor...more
Book well written and provided insight into family life,politics, and political unpheaval in Nigeria. However, I was upset by the violence of the abusive father's behavior and would not recommend the book to anyone as squeamish as I am on the subjec...more
"ربما لأن القضايا والمشكلات التي أفضت إلى حرب بيافرا لا تزال بعيدة عن الحسم هو ما دفع الروائية النيجيرية تشيماماندا إلى كتابة رواية تقاوم بهار خطر النسيان الذي قد يهدد ذاكرة النيجيريين حول أحداث حرب أزهقت أكثر من مليون روح ب...more
A novel that is neither well-written, nor inspirational, nor in any way interesting.
This book is supposed to be deep, complex, and very well-written.
It is anything but.
The writing is mediocre bordering on amateurish. Example:
‘So when Papa did not see Jaja go to the altar that Palm Sunday when everything changed, he banged his leatherbound missal, with the red and green ribbons peeking out, down on the dining table when we got home.’
The author has no understanding of str...more
The book takes place in Nigeria, where Kambili, her brother Jaja and her parents live in luxury compared to the rest of the residents. Thought of as a holy man, her father is known for his generous gifts and religious fervor, which he strives to impart to his two children. Kambili is raised to accept her religion fully and wi...more
Eugene’s sister, If...more
publication. I can not wait to read her next two books.
This book is so universal, so accessible to anyone from any culture.
And her writing is so clear, so lyrical and just beautiful. I can picture these characters so easily from this story.
My heart broke for Kabili, the 15 year old narrator of this book, her
older brother JaJa and their mother, all of whom live with and are sub...more
In the background, a parallel story recounts the repression...more
Knopf Canada|March 26, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-345-80752-6
Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.
When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a Uni...more
This plot quite lacks direction. There was not much of a resolution in the end. Things are falling apart, indeed, in an uncharacteristic way, ok, but what is the significance of it all? The plot does not answer that question. The book is breathtaking; the art of story-telling is evident. However, what remains is that the plot had meandered aimlessly and settled to something unexpected and unnece...more
Kambili, who narrates this story, is a lonely and reclusive 15 year old girl, living with her brother, Jaja, mother and father in luxury in war-torn Nigeria. However, things aren't what they seem. Kambili's father is a strict Catholic, who physically abuses his family on a regular basis. Kambili and Jaja are unable to visit their grandfather because their father has rejected his native religion and...more
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Chimamanda studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. At nineteen, Chimamanda left for the U.S to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, then went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut St...more