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"Quote: Originally Posted by Elfstar I bought Half of a Yellow Sun last week but am struggling with it. Oh do start a thread and let us know why - I am really looking forward to reading it." Hazel __________________ So here it is Hazel. I picked this book up in the supermarket the other day after seeing it mentioned in several places,I noticed a good review of it in the Sunday Times this week too. I'm about 85 pages in and feel nothing. I don't care about the characters who seem nothing at the moment. I don't think it's to do with the setting I have read other books set in parts of the world I know nothing about, and been drawn in. I'm hoping that it will improve for me so that i will WANT to know what happens because at the moment it's an effort even to pick it up and usually I want to read. I can't even pinpoint why i feel like this. I just haven't got involved so far. Will post more as I carry on.
I started this book a couple of days ago, the third novel I have read by this author, and am about 100 pages in so far. I expected to find an existing thread for the novel but, unless I am being really daft which is perfectly possible, there does not seem to be one. Having thoroughly enjoyed Adichie's two previous novels, The Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, I had high hopes of this novel before starting and so far have not been dissappointed. The novel tells the stories of Ifemelu and Obinze who fall in love while attending the same Lagos secondary school. When they first meet and fall in love Nigeria is under military dictatorship and as they progress to uni the basics of life and achieving an education become more and more difficult. Ifemelu has an aunt living in America and it is decided that she should travel there to study at an American Uni. The plan is for Obinze to follow on but as the book starts with them living very different lives, Ifemelu in America and Obinze still in Lagos, many years later I suspect that this never happened. Although Ifemelu has made a very successful life for herself in America she has decided to return to Nigeria and it is at this point that the novel starts. As with Adichie's previous novels I am finding this book to be fairly easy, if at times uncomfortable, reading. It paints very human pictures of the lives lived by Nigerians both in Nigeria and in America. I loved the section where Ifemelu visits the African hairdressers to have her hair braided before returning to Nigeria. The conversations between the women and the glimpses the reader is given of the lives and hopes of these women I found to be engrossing reading.
There seem to be a few people around who have read this, or who are thinking of reading it. I finished it yesterday evening and loved it. I guess it's a "coming of age" novel, about a 14 year old teenage girl in Nigeria - but there's a lot more than that too - with the dangerous political situation in Nigeria at the time and the pull between the traditional culture of the country and the western version of Christianity brought in by white missionaries. Kambali was a very engaging narrator, I found, and I was cheering her on as she gradually opened up and came out from under her dominating father. But I found the father interesting too - I appreciated the fact that he wasn't just painted as a bad man, but there was much that was good mixed in with his character. I would have liked to have understood him more, I reckon. I loved the contrast between the two family homes, Kambali's and her aunts, and the two very different approaches to Christian faith. Really good book - though I did feel the ending was a bit too unexpected and rushed. Would the mother really have done that??? It didn't really seem a part of her character, as we'd seen it so far.... What did anyone else think?
As this is a collection of short stories, forgive me if I'm posting in the wrong place. This was the second bok of Adichie's I've read, and it was definintely a good read. The stories are all around Nigerian characters, but in very different situations - some are immigrants to the USA, some are living in a poor village back home. In all of the stories you are thrown right into the midst of it, with stunning dialogue. My favourite was 'The Arrangers of Marriage', about a woman who leaves Nigeria to marry a Nigerian doctor living in America. When she arrives, she finds that he calls himself 'Dave' to fit in with the local Americans, and wants her to adopt a Western name also. He wants her to cook American food so that they will not be the neighbours who are making the hallway smell of 'foreign food'. She befriends another black woman who lives across the hallway. The stories are very human, very real. I enjoyed them a lot.