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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Sep 27, 2007

really liked it
Read in March, 2008

Despite an embarrassingly shallow familiarity with African history, I have to think that this book does an amazing job of capturing a course of events that played out in most post-colonial countries across the continent. As a piece of literature, the book has its weaknesses including some romantic melodrama and an abrupt ending, but as a testimonial of the dehumanizing effects of civil war it is devastating. The characters are faced with making successively more debilitating compromises as their country becomes more chaotic--first in what small comforts they can do without, then what they are willing to eat, then what principles they still believe, and finally what they will do to survive. The events of this story took place forty years ago but you can see almost the same situation unfolding in a handful of places today.
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