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Half of a Yellow Sun / Americanah / Purple Hibiscus

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,052 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A collection of three extraordinary and exquisitely written novels from one of the most important and exciting young writers in the world.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has firmly established herself as one of the world’s most exciting and important young writers – a regular award-winner, ‘endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers’ (Chinua Achebe).

A gripping, vividly written
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Published April 7th 2014 by Fourth Estate
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May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I actually read "Americanah" first, and loved it. Then I added "Half of a Yellow Sun", which is about the founding (and eventually, the inevitable fall, of Biafra). I love her writing and since there is all this news these days about Nigeria, I wanted to learn more. "Americanah' is quite breath-taking. And one thing I learned from Americanah? The protagonist, who grew up in Nigeria and then move to the US, didn't consider herself to be 'Black' until she arrived in America. In Africa, you are not ...more
Almah Tararia
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Adichie. I loved it- and could almost imagine the characters in my head as I read through to finish. I felt cheated that Kainene's story is left unfinished- yet I almost want to believe in the last words. I am keen to find Americanah
Constance Chevalier
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Americanah, Purple Hibiscus, and Half of a Yellow Sun. Her writing is rich, enjoyable and important.
Maryann Wangari
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The world was silent when we died

Chimamanda is such a great African writer, being raised and brought up in Africa one can easily relate to most of the stories. I like the fact that she tried to connect the African countries by introducing characters like Jomo who is named after our first president of Kenya. This makes you fell part of the book and respect the people who fought for our freedom as Africans. I have never been glued to a book like I did with this one, funny and sad at the same time.
Amie S
Aug 08, 2014 added it
I read each of these books...all good, but Half of a Yellow Sun is one of my favorite books.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is the second novel I have read by this very talented author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have loved them both. This book concerns a chapter in the history of Nigeria - the Biafran War for independence from Nigeria in 1967-1970. It concerns the lives and fates of twin sisters, raised in comfort and wealth, who become caught up in the war because of their tribal identity (Igbo) and their beliefs. As part of my goal of reading books about Africa in 2015, this book provided me an understanding
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I liked this book slightly better than her newest novel, Americanah, which I also really enjoyed. However, I felt like I learned so much in this book. It is a topic that I had virtually no knowledge of prior to reading it. This book is about twin sisters Olanna and Kainene and the men in their lives. It alternates between early 1960's and late 1960's...before the war and during the war in Nigeria. Given what is currently going on in Nigeria, it felt like a timely book to be reading. Spec ...more
Mary Lautner
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I find it hard to read about the viciousness of one group of people taking over and massacuring another. These true events are the backdrop for the lives of the characters. For me the destruction set such a pained environment that I could barely imagine how they could live their lives without going crazy. It's true the characters are somewhat removed from danger by their privilege (most of them), but it casts such a disturbing shadow on their culture and their lives. I had a hard time following ...more
Laura Westmeyer
Oct 24, 2014 marked it as to-read
Listen to this Ted Talk that features HER story, and tell me you wouldn't want to read one of stories she creates:

In the TED Talk, Ngozi talks about "how impressionable and vulnerable we are, in the face of a story. Particularly as children."

Ngozi began writing as a child in Nigeria. The books she read at that age were all British books. So she wrote about white, blue-eyed children eating apples and playing in the snow.

Haven't read Half of a Yellow Sun y
Allya Mormont
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
The reason I love all these books is because they have impacted me so much that after reading, I gained a new perspective of life. Till this day, I refuse to read them because the overwhelming emotion of sadness and happiness grasps me at the first page due to me knowing the plot already. Adichie has definitely become one of my favourite authors. I'm looking forward to her future work.
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Adiche. Good plot, interesting and human characters, taking place during an important period in Nigeria's history. I still liked Americanah better, but this earlier novel shows the promise of the author.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book came highly recommended, but I didn't love it. Found it interesting - takes place in Africa during a civil war - following a family and their experience, but I never really connected with any of the characters. Good book - not great.
The three books are great books of story. The half of a yellow moon recounting of the NIGERIAN civil war says much about how much damage was done and how something out to be done on the state of the Igbos in Nigeria
Laura Beth
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by this story. Absolutely humbled by the struggle of love in the face of war. All war is awful, but I sincerely believe that civil war is the most evil thing that can happen to a nation. Ugwu was my favorite character, for being the most genuine and loyal "good man".
Brendan O'sullivan
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I grew up aware of the Nigeria-Biafra war but, until now, had little understanding of it. This is a well-informed, well-written book set it the war torn country during a conflict that had devastating consequences for the Biafran people. Would wholeheartedly recommend.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Life can change at any minute web cause of things that are beyond your control but Cary your spirit with you. Cultivate a strong spirit in good days and follow your heart
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to read more Adichie after Americanah. This one set in Africa, what a gifted writer!
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Adichie is such an amazing storyteller. Parts of the story are quite horrific, but the spirit of the Nigerian people filled me with hope.
Tanujashankar Khan
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing insight into the Nigerian culture and society, the political situation retold beautifully and sensitively...a very inspiring book collection...
Gail White
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written story of the tragedy of Biafra
Zee Kapia
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read Half of A Yellow Sun-
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Could not get past the first 40 pages. Wasn't interested in any of the characters and gave up. Life is too short to force yourself to read something you don't want to....
Renee Prewitt
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am blown away by this novelized version of what happened in Biafra while the world stood by. This author is a phenomenal writer who tells a tragic occurance through a passionate love story.
Dolapo Lawrence
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. Captivating from the first page to the last page.
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Too short for godssakes. Life just got very boring.
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read. Wonderfully talented author.
Medjie Sophie
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pages-bookclub
Beautifully written. Unexpected twists. Very well researched about the history of Nigeria and Biafra.
The book centres on Olanna, Odenigbo and Ugwu.
I think the book title signifies Ugwu's achievement throughout the story and what he may or may not accomplish afterwards. Though I am highly disappointed with his huge sin I also think the author makes him pay in different ways-him getting seriously injured during his conscription, Eberechi's death, & as what goes around comes around t
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have really enjoyed reading all of Adiche's books so far, however, this one I thought was a bit too raw and little bit too graphic. Perhaps in her attempt to paint the picture of the Nigerian revolution from the Biafra's point of view she has achieved what she desired. But, from the readers point of view the story is a bit lopsided. Also the innumerable characters in the story with similar names were a bit too confusing and hard to keep up with. After about 3/4 th of the book I was getting imp ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adichie is brilliant. The book is extremely painful, detailing the suffering of Igbo people in the Biafra-Nigeria war in the 1960's. The refugee camps, the starvation, the constant fear, the destruction, it is very descriptive and realistic. The story is about the love of family, relationships, and personal strength through hardship. Serious imagery of corpses and rapes, but also the healing of love. It is very interesting as a historical view, and also shows many perspectives of the war, from v ...more
Rula Zein-Iddin
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very insightful often dark and despairing account of the hopes and aspirations of a people for independence followed by the resultant despair and apathy when those dreams are crushed.

Empathizing with the characters was more on a generic humane level with the exception of the fiesty young servant boy Ugwe whose thoughts and emotions were stunningly explicit thus rendering him the spokesman for his generation.

Overall this is a haunting book which will remain as a candid testament to the turmoil
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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