Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Guardian would have us believe that this is “a landmark novel, whose clear, undemonstrative prose can so precisely delineate nuance”, that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a “luminous and formidable talent”, and that this novel features a “powerful focus on war’s impact on civilian life, and the trauma beyond the trenches,” which “earns this novel a place alongside such works as Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy.” And yes, it does read well. It’s a great read, a thoughtful study of the place and period, of the characters involved, and the consequences of decisions made, noble intentions and malign forces all coming together. I would say though that a tighter focus on one or two characters would have served this particular novel better; the range of strong voices may not have been given enough space.

Mr A


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