Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Purple Hibiscus, her first novel, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom. Purple Hibiscus, her first novel, won the. The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her.
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Kindle Edition Verified download. This is a memorable coming-of-age novel, Adichie's first. It takes place during the military dictatorship of the 's, whose oppressive shadow is everywhere. Fifteen-year old Kambili belongs a privileged sector of Nigerian Igbo Catholic society, but is far from privileged. In its focus on suffocating religion and patriarchy Purple Hibiscus reminded me of the novels of Miriam Toews on growing up as a rebel Mennonite , but Kambili's father is more of a monster than anyone in Toews' books, abusive as he was abused as a boy by colonial priests.
Politics and religion dominate the novel. Nearly every character resists the military regime and its violent enforcers in some way, whether by open rebellion or quiet survival. Fuel shortages dominate daily life; grocery shopping trips are planned around the last gallon of gas.
The university where her aunt teaches is shut down following student uprisings. I loved the landscapes, the humor, the flowers and foods.
I also loved her "traditionalist" grandfather and her marvelous aunt. Her father is interesting and multi-dimensional: Religion is also many-sided: What I didn't love is the sentimentalizing of a platonic but sexually loaded relationship between a fifteen-year-old and her charismatic priest.
With all we know about pedophile priests this is jarring and inadvertently sinister. The novel has other flaws inherent in choosing a main character with the Stockholm syndrome- Kambili is so passive, so victimized, that it is hard to believe in her if it were not for her admiration of the strong women around her. I want to read all of Abichie's books now. From her TED talk: Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice.
We should all be angry. Wow, this was a very, very good story. Chima kept me interested throughout the entire book. And having been to Nigeria a couple of times, she managed to "send me back" there by mixing in some of the language, customs, and "flavors of life" and the experiences of the people. As I was reading, I would close my eyes and imagine the scene: The room, the food, whatever she was describing.
I found myself in a part of Nigeria, or at least temporarily!
The way the book ended, it could also be a sequel?! Ngozi has quickly become one of my favorite writers. Look for my review of that one soon! See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway.
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