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Monday, December 22, 2008

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Title: Purple Hibiscus

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

First Published: 2004

No. of Pages: 320

Synopsis (from B&N): "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."

Fiction or Nonfiction: Fiction

Comments and Critique: I loved this book! This is one of the best books that I've read in years. The author pulls you in right from the start and makes you care about the characters, in part because she makes them so real. Their dialogue and actions never seem forced or out of sync. The overall language and sentence structure are absolutely beautiful. I can't think of a single thing negative to say about this book, other than I hated to get to the end.

Would You Recommend This Book to Others: Yes, no hesitation.

Challenges: Orbis Terrarum; Man Booker; What's In a Name?

2 comments:

Kristy said...

Thanks Tammy. Your review answers my last comment. I can't wait to read it.

Stephanie said...

This is totally on my TBR list! I've wanted to read it for a couple of years and just haven't found the time. I think your review pushed me over the edge!!