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U Enuguu u Nigeriji, petnaestogodišnja Kambili i njen stariji brat Jaja žive povlašćenim životom. Otac im je bogat i ugledan poslovni čovek, kuća im je prekrasna, pohađaju ekskluzivne misionarske škole. Ali Kambilin nežni glas otkriva da je njihov porodični život sve samo ne skladan. Otac, religiozni fanatik, nameće preterana očekivanja ženi i deci i svirepo ih kažnjava uk ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 2005 by Laguna; Beograd (first published October 30th 2003)
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    Ebony
    Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: ficton
    I was biased towards Adichie as an excellent writer because that’s what people said. It wasn’t the book I originally was going to read by her but it was her first so naturally, I thought I would start at the beginning. I felt so oppressed reading the book but then I realized that was her genius. She never said the word oppression. For the first two-thirds of the book, she never described pain, but all the details made me feel like something was terribly wrong not just at home but also in the cou ...more
    Tea Jovanović
    Wonderful book...
    Among the top 20 that I've signed as editor...
    Adam
    Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: africa
    I have really enjoyed reading Purple Hibiscus by Nigerian born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. An admirer of her compatriot, the writer Chinua Achebe, who wrote, amongst other things, Things fall apart, she begins her novel with the words : “Things started to fall apart at home…” Even if the use of these words is purely coincidental, they provide a very apt summary of what is going to happen during the following 300 pages.

    The story is narrated by 15 year old Kambili. She and her brother Ja Ja ar
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    Orsodimondo
    Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: nigeria, africa
    BIAFRA
    Eccomi qua, sono tornato, sono stato via per qualche giorno.

    Sono andato in Nigeria: ero lì quando c’è stato un colpo di stato e le cose si sono messe davvero male, la gente spariva e non se ne sapeva più nulla.
    Oppure, veniva uccisa, ma i responsabili restavano impuniti e apparentemente ignoti, anche se tutti sapevano che erano proprio gli stessi che avevano fatto il colpo di stato.
    Il paese sembrava in un progressivo stato di decadimento, come se fosse avviato a un’ineluttabile scompars
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    Book Riot Community
    My official end-of-year project is reading backlist from authors I just fell in love with this year, and Adichie’s stunning debut novel got me off to a fantastic start. This is the story of 15-year-old Kambili and her brother Jaja. Their father is a Big Man in their Nigerian community. He is a devout Christian, and keeping his family on the narrow path of the faithful is his primary focus in life, no matter what it takes. He is verbally and physically abusive, and his family lives in fear of him ...more
    Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
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    She seemed so happy, so at peace, and I wondered how anybody around me could feel that way when liquid fire was raging inside me, when fear was mingling with hope and clutching itself around my ankles .

     Purple Hibiscus is the first book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that I’ve read, but I can guarantee it won’t be my last. I loved this book so much and felt deeply connected to the characters and story. It was such an insightful and thought-provoking read, I
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    Lisa
    Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A father/husband who is physically abusive, extremely authoritarian, rigidly Catholic, yet extremely generous toward his community drives the action of the novel. When his children, Kambili (the narrator) and Jaja, go to live with their aunt they witness and begin to experience autonomy.

    Nigerian political strife is merely a backdrop in this novel. Eugene, Kambili’s father, runs a paper and finds himself having to take his printing underground to escape the authorities; Ifeoma, Kambili’s aunt/ E
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    Dianne
    Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: best-of-2015
    Really good debut novel that is at heart a family drama, but also a look at race, politics, social unrest and religious fanaticism.

    I love Adichie's writing and the characters she creates here are memorable and believable. Highly recommend.
    ·Karen·
    Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: africa
    Aunty Ifeoma writes to her niece in Nigeria from America:

    There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.


    It is particularly appropriate to be reading this around the time of the presidentia
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    Emer
    This wonderful book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recommended to me by my dear Goodreads friend Anne (you should be following her, not only is she lovely but she writes amazing reviews).

    “We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew. Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know.”


    Purple Hibiscus tells the story of 15 year old Kambili. She lives at home with her brother and her parents. From the outs
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    Helene Jeppesen
    Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Yet another beautiful and honest story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that hits you in the heart and stays with you for a long time to come. This one is about a Nigerian family who has its secret. To begin with, a lot of things are veiled as you only get to see things from the protagonist's, Kambili's, perspective. However, as the story continues we realize that there is more behind the story than you think, and the horrible truth is heart-breaking and thought-provoking.
    I really like Adichie's b
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    Aditi
    “From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.”

    ----Salman Rushdie


    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an award winning Nigerian author, has penned an immensely absorbing family drama in her literary fiction novel, Purple Hibiscus where the author weaves the tale of a young Nigerian girl who belongs from a very rich and affluent family where the father of the family is a religious fanatic and used to torture his wife, his daughter and his son in the name of Christ if they commit a slight
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    Julie Christine
    Toward the end of Purple Hibiscus, it occurred to me that the character of Papa could be a metaphor for Nigeria and Kambili, the sheltered, naïve young daughter of a wealthy businessman, the Nigerian people. Papa, gifted with an intelligence that holds so much potential, instead wields his power with the cruel, unsparing hand of a megalomaniacal dictator. He crushes, but does not defeat, the spirit of his hopeful, innocent daughter.

    Adichie is such a master of character ambiguity. It is easy to
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    Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I was pleased to open this book as one of the picks during a year + with the "Postal Book Swap F" group. This is our second year send books around and the picks are entirely secret until everyone has seen everything.

    I had previously read and enjoyed Americanah and always thought I might go back and read Adichie's previous works. I also have Half of a Yellow Sun on my shelf, unread.

    I loved this story, and it resonated deeply because of my own experiences with my own father. And I think she does
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    João Carlos
    Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: l2015, 2015best, favorites

    “A Cor do Hibisco” (2003) é o primeiro livro da nigeriana Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (n. 1977), um romance de excepcional qualidade, um livro que “queima” como água a ferver…
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie divide “A Cor do Hibisco” em quatro partes: “Quebram-se os Deuses – Domingo de Ramos”, “Falávamos Através do Espírito – Antes do Domingo de Ramos”, “Os Pedaços de Deus – Depois do Domingo de Ramos” e “Um Silêncio Diferente – O Presente”.
    A narradora é Kambili, uma rapariga nigeriana de 15 anos, filha de
    ...more
    Emma
    Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Adichie has an incredible talent for making the reader lose themselves in the story she has created. I could feel the gritty winds of the harmattan, and the bumpy, potholed roads between Enugu and Nsukka; see the blooming purple hibiscus and the dancing Mmuo spirits. I loved Adichie's inclusion of Igbo words, contextualised or explained so that I was never uncertain of their meaning. I actually had more trouble with the vocabulary of Catholicism, not being religious myself, and had to look up ma ...more
    James
    Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Whilst not quite in the same league as ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ (‘Purple Hibiscus’ is neither as accomplished nor as ambitious in scope) – ‘Purple Hibiscus’ is nevertheless a very strong and affecting novel.

    Set again in Nigeria and although told against a backdrop of civil unrest and corruption, this is very much focussed on the family and on the characters immediate domestic situation. Told by, and seen through the eyes of the main protagonist – the desperately shy fifteen-year-old Kambili, this
    ...more
    Margitte
    This was a great book to read.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche combined Nigerian politics, religion, cuisine, traditional believes and industry in such a way that neither of the elements overshadowed the story of the fifteen-year old Kambili and her family. Although her father was religiously rigid, physically, mentally and emotionally abusive to the family, especially Kambili's mom, Adiche still showed his softer side of him caring for so many hundreds of people either openly or anonymously. Her wealth
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    Jill
    Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Jill by: Kinga
    Shelves: kinga-forced-me

    3.5 stars

    Kambili is fifteen, living at home with her brother, Jaja, her mother and her father, a wealthy businessman. Their home life though affluent and seemingly stable is an unhappy one with Kambili, Jaja and their mother walking on eggshells, living with the physically and emotionally abusive father, a religious, fanatical tyrant. Nigeria, politically unstable at this time, succumbs to a military coup.

    This is author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut. The writing is flowing, easy to follow, t
    ...more
    Krista Regester
    Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Purple Hibiscus is a brilliant read, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes with understated passion. I love the story and how the family interacts with each other is so interesting.

    Why I have to give it a 4 star: Lisette Lecat narrated the audio. Although she is a south African native... she is white... and she has a British accent. I find this pretty inappropriate and distracting since this entire book is based on a young girl of color and her family. Because of this, I felt I was unable to conn
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    Emir Ibañez
    Este libro nos cuenta la historia de una familia nigeriana muy privilegiada a través de los ojos de Kambili, la hija menor del matrimonio. Es una de esas historias que carecen de un "argumento" propiamente dicho porque lo que más importa de esta historia es el desarrollo de los personajes y el contexto en el que se lleva a cabo.
    Nos cuenta la dinámica y rutina de una familia que tiene a la cabeza a un fanático religioso: las exigencias y ritos obligatorios, los castigos que les impone si lo desob
    ...more
    Wiebke (1book1review)
    This book was amazing. The writing is very concise and spot on. The amount of content Adichie is able to put into a book of this size was impressive. It was not boring for one minute and I felt constantly like I was in the middle of the story. I could feel with the characters and understand the worl in which Kambili lived.
    The story itself was very interesting and moving as it showed the lives of a very religious and rich family in Nigeria from the viewpoint of the young daughter, who seemed a lo
    ...more
    Sarah (Presto agitato)
    Chimamanda Adichie is one of those rare writers who has a gift for seeing as much as for writing. Her prose is evocative yet precise, and the story is carefully structured and well-paced. The most striking aspect of this novel, though, is the nuance of the characterizations. The main characters are all multi-layered, with aspects of their personalities revealed a little at a time, quietly, resulting in a picture that is rich and real. Even minor characters who make only brief appearances, like t ...more
    Anabel (inthebookcorner)
    Left me in tears. It's great to read a book and be reminded of the reasons you love to read. Can't wait to read more Adichie.
    Candi
    Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: africa
    “I laughed because Nsukka’s untarred roads coat cars with dust in the harmattan and with sticky mud in the rainy season. Because the tarred roads spring potholes like surprise presents and the air smells of hills and history and the sunlight scatters the sand and turns it into gold dust. Because Nsukka could free something deep inside your belly that would rise up to your throat and come out as a freedom song. As laughter.”

    This debut novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is full of expressive prose
    ...more
    Raul Bimenyimana
    Beautiful storytelling from Chimamanda. Set in 1980s Nigeria Kambili, the protagonist of the story, is coming of age in an oppressive household and a dictatorial military regime.

    Chimamanda writes of abuse and violence through Kambili's father and the military regime, of the effects of colonialism and the erasure of traditional beliefs and systems and the conflicts that exist because of it.

    I think this was such a good and bold debut, especially considering Chimamanda was just twenty six when thi
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    Rincey
    Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2015, favorites
    Cheryl
    Lovely and heart wrenching tale of a teenage girl who grew up in a privileged, yet religiously oppressive family led by a dominant, confused father and a docile, conforming mother.

    I thought I would dislike this book because by page 16, it seemed to abruptly take me back a few years. None of that mattered by the time I was rooted in Kambili's narration, in fact, a huge chunk of the book stayed in a certain period, with smooth transitions at the end. So taken was I by Adichie's usage of dialect (I
    ...more
    Pam
    May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: teenreads
    This is a fantastic debut novel by a young Nigerian-born writer. This is a YA novel, but has very heavy material. Kambili is a 15 year old Nigerian girl born into privelege in her war torn country; however, her life is not what it seems. Her father, a wealthy business man and philanthropist, is also an abusive tyrant. The juxtaposition of the wealth of the ruling class and the abject poverty of the masses is paralled by the two faces of the family. The writing is beatiful and vivid. Because it p ...more
    Laura
    I'm having trouble writing a review for this book because I enjoyed it so much but I'm not entirely sure I can fully convey that in my review.

    The book is set in Nigeria where there is political unrest and this plays part in the storyline but without being over the top. The story focuses on a family of four, mother, father and two children. To the outside world the father is a hugely generous man who likes to share his wealth around with everyone, but at home he is a religious nut who's physicall
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    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

    Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won t
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    “There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.” 124 likes
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