This novel, Half of a Yellow Sun by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, is unusual but the reason for the book’s popularity becomes apparent within a few pages of reading: it is extremely good.
It is set in Nigeria, Africa during the 1960’s and deals with the troubled period around the time of the secession of Biafra and the war that follows. The book was recommended to me by my friend Mary. She did so with the proviso that, much of the detail of the suffering endured by the people during the war between Nigeria and Biafra, was harrowing, a real disgrace. This was certainly true.
The story opens before the war, shortly after Nigeria wins independence from the UK, when middle-class life at Nsukka University is rich in food, booze, revolutionary rhetoric and hope. Ugwu moves from the country to become the houseboy to an eccentric but…
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