62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Powerful, heartwrenching, excellent.,
This review is from: Purple Hibiscus (P.S.) (Paperback)
Read by our bookclub, this book produced enthusiastic reviews.
Teenage Kambili tells her story. Gradually we begin to see the cracks in a family that outwardly appears prosperous and loving. The children are painfully subserviant, less than first place in school provokes serious repercussions. The mother has repeated miscarriages while the father is the village philanthropist.
After a visit to her Aunt Ifeoma and her three cousins, Kambili starts to see things as they really are; the life she thought normal starts to become frightening.
The threatening thing about the situation is the power of the church and the Catholic religion, used as an excuse to inflict terrible punishment for percieved misdemeanors. Also the power of other people's opinions and maintaining a position within the village.
It's a book that you won't want to put down, but some passages are quite distressing.