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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

ISBN 10: 1400076943 / 1-4000-7694-3
ISBN 13: 9781400076949
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Kambili's world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father's authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new. 


Review:

"[A] portrayal of the sad state of contemporary African politics--the poverty-inducing corruption, rioting, and uncertainty of basic needs. Like many first novelists, Adichie tries for too much....Nonetheless..., the author has created a compelling narrative--and a surprising punch at the end. A young African voice welcome to American shores."

Kirkus, 08/01/2003

Review:

The author's straightforward prose captures the tragic riddle of a man who has made an unquestionably positive contribution to the lives of strangers while abandoning the needs of those who are closest to him."

John Hartl, New York Times Book Review, 11/23/2003

 

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