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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Mar 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-classics, history-novels
Read from April 08 to 26, 2011

A wonderful novel about growing up in a wealthy family in Nigeria during the time that the missioners tried to convert nigerians and the time the western culture strated to drip in the broken local cukture.
A family that was terrified by the head of it, the father, who was the ruler of the house and a very catholic christian that tried to convert everyone in order to get some of his mercy and money.
His sister, on the other hand, is a "light" catholic cristian and the relationship between them is not very steady.
The story is told from the point of view of his doughter, a 15 year old nigerian girl that is torn between her father, her growing up problems, her first love, her mother and brother and her aunt and her sons and doughter.
It is also a story about rough times in Nigeria, the need to say what the government tells you to say, the lack in food and fuel, the poverty, the need to get out of the country in order to survive.
The plot is smart and tells us exactly the things that we expected to hear, considering the character's charater. There is no big WOW in this story but there is a revelation of a country in times that you woudnt aware of or wouldnt care of.
Highly reccomended.
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