This is the second book I've read by Adichie, having recently read Half of a Yellow Sun, and this one is just as amazing. A story that takes you into the lives of individuals, and at the same time sweeps you up in the drama of a changing Nigeria. Highly recommended, for the evocative style of writing, the insight, the breadth of the story, and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
This book takes you into what life is/was like in Nigeria, at a crossroads of the old ways and the Christian ways. The wealth and poverty within the family are explained in such a way you can visualise the way the people lived. Most striking of all is the fanatical, wealthy father who is generous to everyone but cruel to his family.
Chimamanda Adichie is such a talented author, she brings Africa alive for anyone who has lived there. She captures the vitality and warmth of her characters, portrays human frailty whilst making the reader feel an intimate part of the story. Her stories stay with you long after you have finished them.
Purple Hibiscus is a beautiful story. The plot is based on a 14 year-old who grew up under the stifling patronage of a stern father. Her domineering father frequently physically abused his family alongside her, creating terror at home and stunting the psychological growth of his children. Against the backdrop of the deterioration of the socio-economic and political life of Nigeria as it undergoes a military coup, the life Kambili knows is shattered and she has to seek for refuge in the home of her aunt. Kambili the sheltered but highly restricted child, who never thought of herself as lucky and who had earlier been absconded by her peers and cousin because of her supposedly privileges, learns to assert herself and becomes a beloved character, a character who easily understood the plight of those around her.. Kambili at first came to terms with her father as someone who regarded himself as a pillar of the community and someone she genuinely loved. Even the emotional and physical pains he inflicted are seen only as a gesture of love for her own good, but later she comes to consider his actions as abnormal. With its vivid portrayal of Nigerian life, and brilliant dissection of the characters , this novel moves at a pace which is electrifying. Purple Hibiscus, Disciples of Fortune, Half of a Yellow Sun H, The Usurper and Other Stories, are some of the books I enjoyed recently.