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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Mar 24, 08

bookshelves: post-colonial, africa
Read in February, 2008

Adichie writes with understanding beyond her years in the haunting chronicle of the Biafran Civil War of the 1960's. Narrated by three different characters, the story starts during the events that lead up to Biafra's accession from Nigeria. It follows the characters through the increasing unrest, decline of society, bloodshed and starvation that ensues. While many similar novels attempt to explain, justify, or condemn the civil turmoil, this one is simply a depiction. The characters realistically display the myriad ways in which human beings deal with tragedy. There are bits of everyday life scattered among the bloodbath, and characters continue to handle their love affairs, familial relationships, and money troubles while the world crumbles around them. A moving look at a part of history that resonates through Adichie’s generation.
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