Half of a yellow sun

by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION Adichie
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FICTION Adichie
 
 
CLP - Brookline Fiction FICTION Adichie
Location  CLP - Brookline
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FICTION Adichie
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Adichie
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
Call Number  FICTION Adichie
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Adichie
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
Call Number  FICTION Adichie
 
 
Robinson Library Fiction FIC ADICHIE
Location  Robinson Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC ADICHIE
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction ADICHIE pbk
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  ADICHIE pbk
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Literary Fiction LITERARY ADICHIE Chimamanda Ngozi
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
 
Collection  Literary Fiction
 
Call Number  LITERARY ADICHIE Chimamanda Ngozi
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Fiction FIC ADI
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC ADI
 
 
Summary

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists --a haunting story of love and war * Recipient of the Women's Prize for Fiction "Winner of Winners" award

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Adichie surpasses her award-winning debut, Purple Hibiscus (2003), with a magnificent novel in which the dreams and tragedies of 1960s Nigeria are filtered through the minds and experiences of stupendously compelling characters. From page 1, an unbreakable bond is forged between the reader and Ugwu, a bright and kind young teen who has left his barebones village to serve as houseboy to Odenigbo, a robust and radical professor full of hope for newly independent Nigeria in spite of ingrained ethnic divides and colonialism's deleterious aftereffects. Ugwu becomes devoted to Odenigbo's beautiful and cultured lover, Olanna, as Odenigbo's treacherous mother plots against her, and her estranged twin sister, tough and sardonic Kainene, takes up with a gentle Englishman. The momentous psychological and ethical pressures Adichie engineers could support an engrossing novel in their own right, but her great subject is Nigeria's horrific civil war, specifically the fate of Biafra, the doomed breakaway Igbo state. Half a yellow sun is Biafra's emblem of hope, but the horrors and misery Adichie's characters endure transform the promising image of a rising sun into that of a sun setting grimly over a blood-soaked and starving land. Adichie has masterminded a commanding, sensitive epic about a vicious civil war that, for all its particular nightmares, parallels every war predicated by prejudice and stoked by outside powers hungry for oil and influence. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria seceded in 1967 to form the independent nation of Biafra, a bloody, crippling three-year civil war followed. That period in African history is captured with haunting intimacy in this artful page-turner from Nigerian novelist Adichie (Purple Hibiscus). Adichie tells her profoundly gripping story primarily through the eyes and lives of Ugwu, a 13-year-old peasant houseboy who survives conscription into the raggedy Biafran army, and twin sisters Olanna and Kainene, who are from a wealthy and well-connected family. Tumultuous politics power the plot, and several sections are harrowing, particularly passages depicting the savage butchering of Olanna and Kainene's relatives. But this dramatic, intelligent epic has its lush and sultry side as well: rebellious Olanna is the mistress of Odenigbo, a university professor brimming with anticolonial zeal; business-minded Kainene takes as her lover fair-haired, blue-eyed Richard, a British expatriate come to Nigeria to write a book about Igbo-Ukwu art-and whose relationship with Kainene nearly ruptures when he spends one drunken night with Olanna. 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. (Sept. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Nigeria -- History -- Civil War, 1967-1970 -- Fiction.
Nigeria -- History -- 1960- -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Political fiction.
Publisher New York :Anchor Books,2007
Edition 1st Anchor Books ed.
Language English
Description 543 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781400095209
1400095204
Other Classic View