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)
The book was well written and very interesting. The story of Biafra is a terrible one and deserves to be told. Characters well drawn and believable. Narrator was good and African accents quite well done!
Book Club 2
We here in the US know so little of Africa, maybe some South African history and this book gives us some more insight into Africa's history about a small but devastating period in Nigerian history (5 yrs or so) which is an eye opener.
One because 1-3 million people died during the civil war or succession conflict and two because the tribal picture that is Africa is explained in a much better mode with succinctness and lengthy plot narratives to that effect.
The artificial borders imposed by colonial powers set in motion much strife and continued misery, which this book highlights but without being a didactic history book. Instead the story of two privileged sisters and a village boy's life is woven into the Biafra Civil War of the 1960. One feels as if hey are living the war, the author does a fine job.
I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!
I was 10 years old when I began learning and fighting for The Civil Rights movement and then my consciousness was directed to the Anti-War and Environmental Protection advocacy. I was not aware of what was going on in Biafra until I watched video of the starvation that was engulfing the people of Biafra. I have been politically active since my early teens, working to educate those around me about the big picture of social ills. Now we are watching most of the Middle East and the top two thirds of Africa in chaos with starvation, innocents dying and hatred of others because they are "others"
re-emerging. We Americans are just sitting back and watching as long as we can get our "stuff" as cheap as possible. Have We Learned NOTHING?
I could have handled a more linear storytelling style and the author could have made it better and shorter by eliminating some sub-plots but it was generally really good and I thought that the narration was great. It was also a window into something I knew nothing about (I had to google Biafra).
Adichie's novel is an achievement: hauntingly beautiful, searing, raw and powerful. The parallel story structure is an effective strategy and makes you feel as though you are listening to more than just one book. The narrator does a good job with a range of accents and allows you to concentrate on the drama (insufficient word, "drama") as it unfolds.
It was time well spent but I found myself easily distracted and not able to pay attention to the story line.
Her voice has a wonderful warmth.
For me, this book took me to another world. It was a little jarring when the book timeline went out of sequence, but I understood what the author was doing and ultimately it did seem the best method to tell the story. What an interesting history of Nigeria and personal story of one family,, two sisters, and their struggle.
Musician and runner living on the island of Jeju in South Korea.
Adichie's sprawling novel tackles broad themes (war, politics, class and human rights) with confidence and a tender attention to detail. Despite a roaming narrative, there are enough moments of poignant detail and clarity to keep the listener going.
Centering around the Nigerian civil war, the novel documents the unraveling of a country through a focus on a few central characters. It is Adichie's tender attention to these characters that made the novel great for me. She treats them with tenderness even at their most despicable moments, and in doing so makes them real and relatable.
Adichie's supreme confidence in her artistic voice is also a pleasure to behold. Although the novel sometimes dips into indulgent description, it is held together by an unwavering focus and vibrancy that propels it forward. She is able to wade through complicated and messy issues such as war and love and imbue them with clarity and grace. This balances out the more indulgent aspects of the story. Robin Miles is the perfect vocal complement to Adichie's writing, and adds her own energy and excitement to the story.
This novel is great for a patient reader looking for a thought-provoking listen. Adichie's intelligence and talent create a vibrancy that mark her as a special storyteller and writer.
The narrator was outstanding, she really pulled the listener into the story with the wonderful accents. The story was moving and beautifully told.
Everything. She's amazing.
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