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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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it was amazing
bookshelves: rec-swap, fiction
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: Heather for Recommendation Swap

For my review, I have selected a poem featured very near the end of this devastatingly real and haunting novel. Written by the character Okeoma who apparently is based on the real poet Christopher Okigbo.

The World Was Silent When We Died

Did you see photos in sixty-eight
Of Children with their hair becoming rust:
Sickly patches nestled on those small heads,
Then falling off, like rotten leaves on dust?

Imagine children with arms like toothpicks,
With footballs for bellies and skin stretched thin.
It was kwashiorkor—difficult word,
A word that was not quite ugly enough, a sin.

You needn’t imagine. There were photos
Displayed in gloss-filled pages of your Life.
Did you see? Did you feel sorry briefly,
Then turn round to hold your lover or wife?

Their skin had turned the tawny of weak tea
And showed cobwebs of vein and brittle bone:
Naked children laughing, as if the man
Would not take photos and then leave, alone

I was totally unprepared for the force of this story about the birth of Biafra; how the impact of the awful reality of those years would strike me. Searing and unforgettable. Most Highly recommended. 5★
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Reading Progress

April 29, 2014 – Shelved
April 29, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
April 29, 2014 – Shelved as: rec-swap
May 11, 2014 – Started Reading
May 12, 2014 –
page 253
May 12, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction
May 12, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Dale (new)

Dale Harcombe Thanks for sharing that poem

message 2: by Dem (new)

Dem I have to read the book :-)

B the BookAddict Dem wrote: "I have to read the book :-)"

Dale wrote: "Thanks for sharing that poem"

It's a powerful poem and a very powerful book. Definitely recommended. I was pretty stunned at how involved I felt.

message 4: by Irene (new)

Irene This has been on my TBR for some time. I just never feel as if I have enough emotional strength to pick it up.

B the BookAddict Irene, it will be well worth your while to read it.

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Great review, B. :)

B the BookAddict Thanks, Terri.

Mubanga Kalimamukwento I loved it too.

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