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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Mar 08, 2011

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MyBookAffair ’ve just finished re-reading Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I found it much more enjoyable second time around. The story is completely engaging. Corruption, and violence are central themes. Yet the atmosphere that Adichie creates is not one of fear and oppression, but of vitality and vibrancy. This is a book full of human warmth. The characters are wonderfully drawn: Obiora with his glasses slipping down his nose; Papa Nnukwu praying to the dawn; Kambili learning how to smile. Nigeria itself is also brought to life in the pages of this text: the colours; the smells; the tastes and the sounds of it. It is so evocative that I feel like I have travelled there myself and have sat in Aunty Ifeoma’s kitchen, with the fuming kerosene stove, where I peeled vegetables with exoctic names and listened-in on conversations. It’s a moving and honest depiction of life in Nigeria and it is not surprising to learn that it was written by the author while in America, sick for home.

This is a book to recommend to friends and anyone who is ready to take an unforgettable trip to Nigeria.

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