002 Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

by Ijeoma on September 16, 2013

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In this episode, I review the book “Half of A Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Published in 2006/2007, this is her second book and is still very much a best seller today. Just for your trivial knowledge, her name, Chimamanda, means “my God will never fail”. half of a yellow sun, chimamanda ngozi adichie, americanah, purple hibiscus, that thing around your neckI get asked what my own name means all the time so I figured I might as well give the meaning of her name as well.

This book is about relationships and war as well as relationships during a time of war.

I have a special guest with me on this episode of the podcast and we discuss the book. The ups, downs, and in-betweens of this captivating story. The backdrop of the story is the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran war, which lasted for about two and a half years from 1967-1970, and it follows the lives of five main characters just before and during the war. I have to say that even the “minor” characters, turned out to be really strong characters and left very deep impressions in the story as well.

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t yet read the book there are a couple of spoilers but I give fair warning when we are about to give them away, so if you don’t like knowing the end before you get there then you’ll want to fast forward through that section.

half of a yellow sun, chimamanda ngozi adichie, americanah, purple hibiscus, that thing around your neckThis book has now been made into a movie and as I mention in the podcast, I have included the movie trailer here in post.

If you’ve read the book please join in the discussion and leave a comment or feedback below.

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Photo courtesy of Okey Adichie

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