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Purple Hibiscus (original 2003; edition 2008)

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Title:Purple Hibiscus
Authors:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Info:HARPER PERENNIAL (2008), Paperback, 307 pages
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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2003)

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I really enjoyed listening to this book.

The accent was charming.

I was torn on the father. In many ways he was a very good man. And he obviously loved this family. Yet what he did to them was wrong. ( )
  nx74defiant | Nov 27, 2016 |
Such a good book! I hope to read more from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie soon!
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
This is a lovely portrayal of the inner workings of a 15 year old girl. Painfully shy Kambili lives in fear and in awe of her father, a religious and community leader. She needs his approval, and strives to make him proud of her in school and life. It is not easy, and she sometimes falls short of his limitless expectations. For this she, along with her brother and mother, are punished harshly.

Kambili goes to visit her Aunt and realises there is a whole lot more to the world than what her pious father has indoctrinated her into believing. She gets to know her cousins, marvels at their ability to speak freely, and also a local priest who sees more potential in her than anyone else has.

The simple writing goes well with the young and shy narrator. The story told is big enough to get by without a heavy literary style. But by that same rationale a part of me feels that if I didnt have to work hard for it it isnt quite as rewarding (just call me a sucker for punishment). I still loved the journey this book took me on, and will read more of this author. ( )
  Ireadthereforeiam | Nov 26, 2016 |
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie is the story of fifteen year old Kamibli and her family in Nigeria as they live under the control of her strict Catholic father. Although he is revered both in the community and church as a leader, he is a horror to live with. He supplies his children with written schedules that they must adhere to or suffer severe punishment. He places high expectations on them that they strive to live up to. He also “punishes” his wife for any misdemeanours, causing a miscarriage in the early part of the book. This family suffers under his obsessive rule, trying to please him but never quite being perfect enough.

Then comes the day when Kamibli and her brother are shown a different life when they visit their father’s sister. They cannot believe that such freedom exists and Kamilbi trembles every time the phone rings fearing that it is her father calling to bring them home. Meanwhile, as their family crumbles so to does their country.

Like the fragile, rare purple hibiscus, freedom for Kamibli is elusive. This was quite simply a spellbinding book that draws the reader into a story that speaks directly to the heart. The author is able to weave the complex history and politics of this struggling country with a family’s story of love and abuse and the end result is a book that is honest, disconcerting and haunting. Highly recommended. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 15, 2016 |
Fifteen-year-old Kambili lives with her parents and older brother in a fancy house in Nigeria. Her father, a holy roller and successful businessman, rules with an iron fist, and everyone -- family members and servants alike -- perpetually walks on eggshells for fear of displeasing him. Upon visiting their aunt in another city, Kambili discovers that in other households family members actually laugh, joke and speak freely, and not every minute of their day is strictly scheduled. By the time they return home, both Kambili and Jaja are profoundly changed by their experiences, and things won't be quite how they used to.

It was an intriguing experience to learn about life in modern-day Nigeria, getting a peek into family traditions and traditional religion, as well as the political events occurring in the background. However, I found this an intriguing but difficult read -- from the moment of introduction to Kambili's father the reader gets a sense of something ominous lying in wait. ( )
  ryner | Nov 4, 2016 |
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For Professor James Nwoye Adichie and Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Adichie, my parents, my heroes, ndi o ga-adili mma
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Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion and Papa flung his heavy missal across the room and broke the figurines on the etagere.
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Purple Hibiscus, Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut, begins like many novels set in regions considered exotic by the western reader: the politics, climate, social customs, and, above all, food of Nigeria (balls of fufu rolled between the fingers, okpa bought from roadside vendors) unfold like the purple hibiscus of the title, rare and fascinating. But within a few pages, these details, however vividly rendered, melt into the background of a larger, more compelling story of a joyless family. Fifteen-year-old Kambili is the dutiful and self-effacing daughter of a rich man, a religious fanatic and domestic tyrant whose public image is of a politically courageous newspaper publisher and philanthropist. No one in Papa's ancestral village, where he is titled "Omelora" (One Who Does For the Community), knows why Kambili¹s brother cannot move one of his fingers, nor why her mother keeps losing her pregnancies. When a widowed aunt takes an interest in Kambili, her family begins to unravel and re-form itself in unpredictable ways. --Regina Marler

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In the city of Egunu, Nigeria, fifteen year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a somewhat cloistered life. Their father is a wealthy businessman, they live in a beautiful home, and attend private school. But, through Kambili's eyes, we see that their home life is anything but harmonious. Her father, a fanatically religious man has impossible expectations of his children and his wife, and if things don't go his way he becomes physically abusive. Not until Kambili and Jaja are sent away from home for the very first time to visit their loving aunt, does Kambili's world begin to blossom. But when a military coup threatens to destroy the country, the tension in her family's home escalates, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together.… (more)

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