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message 1: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Great review , Sally . I have had this on my to read list for a while. I think I need to move it up .
Thanks .


message 2: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Great review, Sally. Your next to the last paragraph is thought-provoking. I can see someone who lives in a place feeling that no outsider can truly represent it. But then I know some books about place written by outsiders keenly observe things that only the outsider can see. I will be reading The Thing Around Your Neck shortly and look forward to other of her books. Thought you'd enjoy this profile of her from this weekend's Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com/articles/chimamand...


message 3: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 Fabulous review!


message 4: by B the BookAddict (last edited May 04, 2015 12:16PM) (new)

B the BookAddict Great review of a great book, glad you enjoyed it.


message 5: by Wildan (new)

Wildan Sounds really great!


message 6: by Jen (new)

Jen I too enjoyed this one!


message 7: by Sally (new)

Sally Howes Thank you for the kind comments, everyone, and thank you, Suzy, for the link to that great author profile :-)


message 8: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Sally wrote: "Thank you for the kind comments, everyone, and thank you, Suzy, for the link to that great author profile :-)"

Glad you liked the profile, Sally. What struck me the most was her plea to "outsiders" to see life in Africa in all it's complexity, not just through the lens of its problems. I think that applies to so many places in the world that the media promotes only their problems and is something for all of us to remember.


message 9: by Sally (new)

Sally Howes Suzy wrote: "Sally wrote: "Thank you for the kind comments, everyone, and thank you, Suzy, for the link to that great author profile :-)"

Glad you liked the profile, Sally. What struck me the most was her plea..."


I think she gets this message across well in Half of a Yellow Sun, even though it is very political. It's about people, too, and how hopeful everyone was at the creation of Biafra.


message 10: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Great review Sally. This is one of those books I have on my tbr but am hesitant to read because the content will be challenging and unsettling so I'm definitely more likely to tackle it now.


message 11: by Sally (new)

Sally Howes Carolyn wrote: "Great review Sally. This is one of those books I have on my tbr but am hesitant to read because the content will be challenging and unsettling so I'm definitely more likely to tackle it now."

It really is a great story, and although there are necessarily some atrocities included in it, they are seen through the characters' eyes and not as gruesome or confronting as they could be. I'd say 'moving' would be a better term. Apart from a few incidents, the threat of violence is more pervasive than actual violent scenes.


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