Half of a Yellow Sun-Chimamanda Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade.
Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor, who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigbo’s beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parents’ world of wealth and excess. Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their father’s business; and Kainene’s English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds.
As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place.
Epic, ambitious and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a more powerful, dramatic and intensely emotional picture of modern Africa than any we have had before.
This book is based on the Nigeria-Biafra War of 1967-1970. While some of the
characters are based on actual persons, their portrayals are fictitious as are the events surrounding them.