Half of A Yellow Sun

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Half of A Yellow Sun
A novel set during Nigeria's struggle for independence in the 1960s involving five characters including thirteen-year-old Ugwu, a university professor, the professor's mistress, and a young Englishman named Richard.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 1400095204
Characteristics: 543 p. ;,21 cm.


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Dec 03, 2014
  • aehend rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a writer! Adichie's book reads like a warmer, more interesting and graspable Nigerian Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy novel. Her characters and narrative are absolutely vivid, believable, and likeable. We care about them and their struggle from the first page. What an insight into human nature, the futile tragedy of the Biafran war, and Nigerian culture. This book is sadly for adults due to the full-fleshed sexuality of its characters, or else I'd have my middle schooler reading it right away. But absolutely fantastic for high schoolers and up. What a writer! Easily comparable to the great Russian novelists. Can't wait to see if her other works are as amazing.

Nov 10, 2014
  • rusty_13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I like to read books that take place in countries that I'm not very familiar with, because after reading them, I feel I have a connection to that place. This is one of those books. It takes place in Nigeria - and Biafra, a republic that broke off from Nigeria in the 1960s. The story follows a few strong characters through good times and bad. The war narrative can sometimes be tough to read, but in the end, you won't soon forget about the people and the land of the Half of a Yellow Sun.

Jul 15, 2014

I was so glad i read this book about 2 years ago. Looking forward to reading it again after i have done justice to the other novels i am yet to read.

Jun 19, 2013
  • spacecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Also read Chinua Achebe's newest (2012) book on Biafra and you will realize that Adichie's book is based on documentation and therefore is chilling and frightening. Especially with recent (2013) arrests of Nigerians seen carrying a Biafran flag. Very well written, dedicated to her two grandfathers who did not survive the Biafran War.

Jan 17, 2013

I read this book two years ago and it was great. If you get a chance, you should read the authors other book called, "Purple Hibiscus". It's awesome

Jul 23, 2012
  • peterbryan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Adichie had me on the opening page. It's a long book but the characters are so rich, so full of love and eagerness to love, pinned against the wartorn economically impoverished background of Nigeria, such an overwhelming and engrossing contrast.

May 12, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in the 60's, this is the story of two grown sisters who struggle to survive the civil war where Biafra fights to establish themselves independent from Nigeria. It is a story about war and famine, but it is also a book about relationships, loyalty and family. It won the Orange Prize for fiction.

Dec 07, 2011
  • azor rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Love this author...have read everything by her.

Jun 25, 2011
  • Blackjack_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A real tour de force! A must read.

May 31, 2011
  • brinyurchin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brings the cruelty of war together with deep characters. A story that needs to be heard since humanity cannot seem to get past tribal warfare and racism. The writing is clear and doesn't get in the way of experiencing the surreal force of the war. Beautifully done, it was in her bones to tell this story.

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Jul 11, 2011
  • Blackjack_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This profoundly gripping story takes place as the Igbo people try to form the independent nation of Biafra during the 1960s. Yes, you will read what you would expect to read when the word “Biafra” is mentioned: famine and war. But if you turned away before reading this amazing book, you would miss the story of Olanna and her sister, Kainene. You would miss learning about the cultures of eastern Africa from the poorest villagers to the wealthy landowners and the intellectual elite. This story transcends its setting by an author who lets you into the lives and relationships of the families and in so doing, you learn more about the human condition even in inhuman times. One of the most interesting characters is scarcely mentioned as the story begins – Ugwu, the 13-year old houseboy – but through his eyes you see how he rises from insignificance to one of the main characters. Everything in this story is believable and compelling; a real tour de force!


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