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Purple Hibiscus | [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]

Purple Hibiscus

In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.
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Publisher's Summary

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2003 O Henry Prize winner, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2004 Orange Prize. In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family. But a military coup brings new tension to Nigeria and her home, and Kambili wonders if her dreams will ever be fulfilled. Adichie’s striking and poetic language reveals a land and a family full of strife, but fighting to survive. A rich narration by South African native Lisette Lecat perfectly complements this inspiring tale.

©2003 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"One of the best novels to come out of Africa in years." (The Baltimore Sun)

“Prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes. . . . Adichie's understanding of a young girl's heart is so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as Eudora Welty's Mississippi.” (The Boston Globe)

"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state." (J. M. Coetzee)

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    Msafiri Culver City, CA, United States 10-11-11
    Msafiri Culver City, CA, United States 10-11-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great Story"
    Where does Purple Hibiscus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun much better, but this book, once you get into it, is really good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the fact that Igboland plays a prominent role in Adichie's stories. I'm from Tanzania, but Adichie makes me feel like I now know Nsukka and Enugu, though I've never been. It's refreshing to hear names and places that are historically accurate, and not generic. The story does an excellent job of telling a story, the foundations of which could be found in any culture, and making it a distinctly African story. Great job!


    Did Lisette Lecat do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were definitely times when her South African accent came through or when her pronunciation of certain Igbo words were a bit off, but it won't be noticeable to most listeners.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it on a cross-country road trip, so, yes.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Coolimani 06-01-14
    Coolimani 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Purple Hibiscus the most enjoyable?

    The ability to listen and read at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected developments in the story.


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    Good character development.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story lingered many days. Wanted to listen again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 07-23-13
    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 07-23-13 Member Since 2010

    Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

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    "Intrigued by the author"

    I saw a TED talk by the author so decided to listen to one of her books. I understand this was one of her earlier books and it is a slightly unsophisticated view of what happens in abusive relationships. The author portrays the cycle of abuse and reconciliation well, but a bit naively. The reader provided realism through her voice and what I imagine was accurate reading of the parts in the character's native tongue. I do not usually read dark books (I work in health care and see enough tragedy in my work life) and I probably wouldn't have listened to it had I paid more attention to the topic.
    The writing is very good and I found myself smiling at the clever and thoughtful word choices. I hope there are other books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that will be not quite as challenging in their content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vera Stein United States 12-05-12
    Vera Stein United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I was disappointed in the story line."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My grandson highly recommended this book but I was disappointed and actually got bored with some chapters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to the other books.


    What three words best describe Lisette Lecat’s performance?

    calm, Nigerian accent, dialects good


    Do you think Purple Hibiscus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, (spoiler!) because of the death. The ending and its consequence came so rapidly and there was no buildup to the dramatic end. I thought I had missed something


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicholas
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    12/23/12
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    "Loved this book"

    This is an excellent read. Some complex characters, and a compelling coming-of-age drama played out against an all-too-real background in Nigerian history. Very well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
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    2/24/13
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    "Beautiful"

    A story about violence told with delicate strokes- a daughter caught in between her devotion for her father, a pious man 'who thinks he is God', and her desire to enjoy life. The pace of the narration is a little slow compared to other audio books but it suits this novel well. A very pleasant listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • V. Mpala
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    8/20/13
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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up Purple Hibiscus in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing emotional justified
    Listen to this book on audible. I like the way the book was written, the story line was great detailing what exactly happened in a country foreign to me therfore I was able to picture it well. I felt angry a lot of the times and ashamed to say I loved the ending! Cant wait to read Adichie's other books.


    Any additional comments?

    The one thing I did not like was an English accent reading a Nigerian book. It took me a long while to get my head around it. She did well in trying to pronounce the words but I would have like to hear the author herself or similar read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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