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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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May 15, 11

Read in April, 2011

The narrator and main heroine of the book is Kambili, a girl of 15. She has long beautiful hair, painstakingly braided by her Ma and she always wears dresses, as that is what good Christian girls do. In her Papa's home, she and her brother Jaja have plenty of things- a house almost shamefully big and modern for the standards of Nigeria, good food every day on the dinner table, a garden to dream for and a private driver... Her life, at first glance, seems to be perfect, but is it really that good if you look at it a little closer?

In the house of strongly religious and powerful Father Eugene, Kambili, her older brother Jaja and their Mother have to carefully measure each word they utter and every step they intend to do. The disapproval of the Father always ends up with pain and fear...

When Kambili and Jaja go for a week to visit their cousins at aunt Ifeoma's house, life changes forever...
I deeply enjoyed reading this book and got to learn a little bit more about life in Nigeria, its people and nature. I felt often very close to the scenes of action and wished to be there for a moment...
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