Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.
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“This is a transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs, most notably its depiction of the impact of war's brutalities on peasants and intellectuals alike. It's a searing history lesson in fictional form, intensely evocative and immensely absorbing.” (Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review)
“Adichie has written an ambitious, astonishing novel that succeeds on all levels.” (Bookmarks Magazine)
History comes alive!
I quickly became attached to the complex characters of this novel. I felt I was an intimate witness to their life struggles, traumas and transformations. In the process, I learned about a painful chapter in the history of Biafra/Nigeria. At the centre, the story is about the writing of a book, which examines the complicity of the world community in these terrible events and suggests that personal relationships are intricately tied to international relations.
Robin Miles performed the characters accents beautifully.
Chimananda Ngozi Adichi has written a masterful work of historical fiction. I look forward to reading more of her novels.
Beautiful, ugly, horrifying and to be permanently etched in your head. Should be mandatory for every white person, especially if you've ever thought that something going on too far away from your own world can be scary for just a minute but forgotten before your next meal. Robin Miles does some sort of magic with her reading of this book and the author is to be praised for the amazing job of being able to write something so real. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a book.
This beautiful and sad book provided me with an insight into the Biafran/Nigeran war that I was previously ignorant of. The narrator is wonderful - I have listened to many books by her and she is consistantly excellant.
The characters are developed slowly but gradually you gain an insight into their personalities and emotions. The descriptions of the war are heart rendering. I became very attached to the main characters and actually cried at the end of the book.
While this story was set during the war in Nigeria, it had more to do with the characters and their relationships with each other. I was hesitant to listen after reading some of the other reviews. This is not a quick story with something constantly happening or a lot of drama. The author kind of stays in a moment. However, ,I really loved this audiobook. It was very realistic...not sugarcoating the bad or over dramitizing. The more I listened, the more the Nigerian civil war sounded so much like any other civil war and the responses and behavior of the people the same of anyone else put in the same situation. It really illustrated, to me, how very similar we all are in our humanity, no matter our culture or country.
I was in my middle teens when Biafra was in the headlines--I knew it was in Africa and involved starving children, but that's all. This book is wonderful on so many levels--the history, the politics, the culture and as already mentioned, the complex characterization. It's not just about the atrocities of a war that happened almost 50 years ago, it is relevant to issues we struggle with everyday. The differences of culture, religious values, things we hold as important to ourselves or within our group. The narration is superb--I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.
What I love about Audible.com that is different than going to the library; it's unlikely I would go to the library looking for a book on the history of Nigeria or the civil war of Biafra. Audible offered this book along with several others as a free offering which made me look at it. I am so glad I chose it. It is the same with the $4.95 specials--I consider books I didn't know I wanted to read. Audible has been a true treasure for me since I retired. I wish I had learned about Audible prior to retiring for my twice daily 25 mile commute!!
I remember reading about the Biafran war - but nothing was ever presented from this perspective. I cared about the characters and their fate and wondered how such rifts can be healed. Very well narrated.
This was a gripping and very moving story. The narrator is astonishing in her ability to create utterly convincing voices for dozens of characters. An audio experience of the highest order!!
I love Adichie's writing. Her prose is beautiful--she often has a turn of phrase that makes me stop and say "Wow!" I know very little about Nigeria, and less about the civil war, so learning about that part of the world, and that part of history was very interesting, especially embedded in a compelling storyline with interesting characters. I am a big fan!
By the way, I have a friend who was concerned that the reader might have an accent that was hard to understand, if they went with a Nigerian, but I had no trouble understanding and enjoyed the flavor that the accent gave to the recording that would be missing by reading the book myself.
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The narrator was spot on. Her accents. Her emotions and her voices. The story of a devastating war told through the eyes of very human characters.
I did not know this book would take me through the Nigerian civil war when I bought it. But I am so glad I learned about it through this stunning story of an upper class African family that eventually found themselves on the losing side. The story is well written, beautifully narrated, and delivers the war gently. No clobbering with gruesome gratuitous violence and no battle scenes. This is simply the experience of a few individuals who lived through it. I loved the characters and especially the twin sisters whose difficult relationship is finally healed because of the war.
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