Half of a Yellow Sun

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9781400095209: Half of a Yellow Sun

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor's beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover's charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna's willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

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Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"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

"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"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

"Profoundly gripping. . .When the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria seceded in 1967 to form the independent nation of Biafra, a bloody, crippling civil war followed. That period in African history is captured with haunting intimacy in this artful page-turner from Nigerian novelist Adichie. . . .Tumultuous politics power the plot, and several sections are harrowing. But this dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well. 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."
-"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"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

..."[an] artful page-turner...[a] profoundly gripping story. This dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well...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."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"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

..."Ýan¨ artful page-turner...Ýa¨ profoundly gripping story. This dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well...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."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
-Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
"The secret of Adichie's style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet's sentences."
-"London Review of Books"
"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

"From the Hardcover edition."

" ... [an] artful page-turner... [a] profoundly gripping story. This dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well... 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."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
" We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. Her experimentation with the dual mandate of English and Igbo in perennial discourse is a case in point. Timid and less competent writers would avoid the complication altogether, but Adichie embraces it because her story needs it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made."
- Chinua Achebe
Praise for "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Purple Hibiscus":
" The secret of Adichie' s style is simplicity, rhythm and balance. She writes a poet' s sentences."
- "London Review of Books"
" 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

"From the Hardcover edition."

" A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war."
-- "Time"
" Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay." " "
-- "The New York Times"
" Ingenious. . . . [With] searching insight, compassion and an unexpected yet utterly appropriate touch of wit, Adichie has created an extraordinary book."
-- "Los Angeles Times"
" Brilliant. . . . Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists. . . . That is what great fiction does- it simultaneously devours and ennobles, and in its freely acknowledged invention comes to be truer than the facts upon which it is built." -- "Elle"

" A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war. "
-- Time
" Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay. "
-- The New York Times
" Ingenious. . . . [With] searching insight, compassion and an unexpected yet utterly appropriate touch of wit, Adichie has created an extraordinary book. "
-- Los Angeles Times
" Brilliant. . . . Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists. . . . That is what great fiction does - it simultaneously devours and ennobles, and in its freely acknowledged invention comes to be truer than the facts upon which it is built. " -- Elle

A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war. Time Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay. The New York Times Ingenious. . . . [With] searching insight, compassion and an unexpected yet utterly appropriate touch of wit, Adichie has created an extraordinary book. Los Angeles Times Brilliant. . . . Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists. . . . That is what great fiction does it simultaneously devours and ennobles, and in its freely acknowledged invention comes to be truer than the facts upon which it is built. Elle"

"A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war." --Time"Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay." --The New York Times"Ingenious. . . . [With] searching insight, compassion and an unexpected yet utterly appropriate touch of wit, Adichie has created an extraordinary book." --Los Angeles Times"Brilliant. . . . Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists. . . . That is what great fiction does-it simultaneously devours and ennobles, and in its freely acknowledged invention comes to be truer than the facts upon which it is built." --Elle

About the Author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and the Iowa Review. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. She now divides her time between the U.S. and Nigeria.

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