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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Sep 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-reads, african, fiction, nigerian-literature, poc-author, 2011-reads, female-author

I was really impressed by this book. Adichie creates a palpable sense of dread in her depiction of a family burdened by abuse, evoking an empathetic response from the reader through her writing techniques (as well as the expected sympathetic response that the plot elicits).

The abusive father in her book is monstrous without being flattened out into a monster, and the characterizations of the other family members--both in their responses to his abuse and in and of themselves--are equally nuanced.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
October 3, 2010 – Finished Reading
September 24, 2011 – Shelved
September 24, 2011 – Shelved as: 2010-reads
September 24, 2011 – Shelved as: african
September 24, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
September 24, 2011 – Shelved as: nigerian-literature
September 24, 2011 – Shelved as: poc-author
October 22, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011-reads
October 27, 2013 – Shelved as: female-author

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