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Half of a Yellow Sun
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Half of a Yellow Sun (Paperback)

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WINNER OF THE BAILEYS PRIZE BEST OF THE BEST





Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece





Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.





Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 15/01/2007 ISBN-13: 9780007200283  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel `Purple Hibiscus' was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel `Half of a Yellow Sun' won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, `The Thing Around Your Neck', was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur `genius' grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker's list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, `Americanah', was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. She lives in Nigeria.

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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. At first I was hesitant to read it because the book is framed around civil war and I was not sure I would enjoy this backdrop hanging over a story which is essentially about love and family; relationships and revolutionary ideas. The fact that I could not put it down is testament to Adichie's poignancy as a storyteller. This book has taught me that there is more to Nigeria than what is on the news. She brought what she herself describes as an 'emotional truth' to the realities of peoples living in that country during 1960s: everything from the life of the upper middle class, the expat brigade, village people who still held animistic beliefs' and the emerging intellectual consciousness across ethnic lines. Although the story flipped back and forth between parts of the 1960s decade at times, it did not feel as though I was being lost in this journey, as I have been with other books. It carried me until the end, and I suspect like most readers of this book, I was left wanting more.

- 05/10/2012
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Amazing read. I really enjoyed it

- 28/09/2011
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Not all wars are the ones we hear most about. I remember Biafra from the images I saw when I was small; this novel expands the history into the human experience.

Louisa Young - 21/05/2014

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