Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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"Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home-a home that is silent and suffocating. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins' laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2012
ISBN: 9781616202422
Characteristics: 1 online resource (307 pages)
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Apr 26, 2020

I agree that the writing is beautiful.

obie21 Apr 26, 2020

The writing style is clean and elegant. The heat, sights and sounds of the setting are alive on every page.

Jan 29, 2020

I'm in love with the way the author expressed so much of Kambili's internal thoughts in sutil details and the interesting mix of personalities around the story. This is the second book that I read from her and I want to keep reading.

Jan 14, 2020

Debut novel by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who achieved greater fame with "Half of a Yellow Sun" and "Americanah." This is a smaller, more personal book about a Nigerian Catholic family run by a tyrannical father.

Aug 15, 2018

I've read three of Adichie's books in the past couple of months and all have been amazing! This one is the story of a 15 year old growing up in a rich, privileged home with an abusive father. She and her brother live a life full of secrets until the world opens up when they go visit their aunt and cousins. They come into a house full of freedom and laughter and they are irrevocably changed. Just a great coming of age novel that teens will likely enjoy as well as adults.

Aug 08, 2018

What a delightful discovery! Adichie's style of storytelling is so simply, yet deeply descriptive. I fully stood beside the characters in the Nigerian town of Enugu. We are exposed to the contrast of a wealthy, conservative, religiously fanatic, patriarchal family where our main character Kambili existed and to the home of their aunt, an intellectual and free thinking parent who takes on Kambili and Jaja, her brother, in times of difficulty. Throw in a military coup, coming of age, abuse, escape....... I will definitely read more from this author.

Jun 13, 2017

This year I have slowly been working my way through all of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's works. While I find her writing to be impeccable, Purple Hibiscus wowed me from the first page. Taking place in Nigeria, Kambili and her brother Jaja lived a privileged life until visiting their Auntie. Soon they start to see the corruption that exists in Nigeria, along with religious and political struggles as well. This is a book about family ties, father-daughter relationships, and the way in which religion can play into peoples lives.

This book is just beautiful written, completely engrossing, with Kambili and Jaja being such wonderful characters to follow along throughout the story.

Nov 29, 2016

This is a book i would read over and over again.

Nov 04, 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.

Apr 01, 2016

could not put it down...

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