Quick Review: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Summary from the back of the book:

In 1960s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war, three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university lecturer. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. The third is Richard, a shy Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. When the shocking horror of the war engulfs them, their loyalties are severely tested as they are pulled apart and thrown together in ways that none of them imagined…

My thoughts:

A beautifully written, powerful and heartbreaking story, bringing the realities, the human story, of civil war to the fore. This was such a moving read, a very difficult read at times given the subject, as well as an educational one. I had heard of Biafra, but knew very little about it, and I’ve come away from this book feeling like I’ve learned a lot.

The author’s style is poetic, lyrical and conveys so much. There is one line from the book that I can’t forget:

The world was silent when we died.

This is a book that will stay with me for a very, very long time…Highly recommended.

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