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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Jun 03, 08

bookshelves: 2008
Read in June, 2008

(i haven't had much time to read lately)

this epic novel concerns the brief history of the biafra republic, which seceded from nigeria in the late 60's, resulting (eventually) in mass starvation and eventual re-unification. adichie chronicles this through three separate first-person narratives: an adolescent servant, a beautiful political activist, and a british man sympathetic to the biafran cause. adichie is a great storyteller, and the narrative unfolds so effortlessly that it's easy to forget that she makes some striking shifts in tone and form. it's a remarkably approachable novel, and becomes more and more intimate as it moves forward. the atrocious nature of national history is mostly reserved for its third act. at this point, the story seems to pressurize considerably, and the intimacy that has developed between the characters (as well as within myself) adds remarkable weight to its sense of tragedy.
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