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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (9 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007200285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007789955
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (581 customer reviews)
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'Vividly written, thrumming with life…a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's “Things Fall Apart” and V. S. Naipaul's “A Bend in the River”.' Joyce Carol Oates

'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe

'I look with awe and envy at this young woman from Africa who is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate – and we, her readers, are even luckier.' Edmund White

'Absolutely awesome. One of the best books I've ever read.' Judy Finnigan

'[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's “Regeneration” trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, “The Siege”.' Guardian

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel ‘Purple Hibiscus’ was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker’s list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, ‘Americanah’, was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. She lives in Nigeria.


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This is a long and ambitious novel, in some ways a Nigerian War and Peace, in that it portrays the impact of a national trauma on a group of individuals caught up in the fighting. And Adichie is such a fine writer that the comparison with W & P is not over the top. Her interweaving of the threads of personal relationships, politics and ethnic difference is masterfully done, and the key episodes are absolutely gripping. The reader is thoroughly engrossed in the tumultuous lives of the protagonists, and the description of the Biafra war really rings true.
A wonderful book, 4.5 because I did not find the Englishman, Richard Churchill, as convincing as the others. He seemed to be there just to diversify the characterisation.
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This was a hard slog but worth it. It wasn't that it wasn't a great story but I did find it very very long. Reading it on my kindle and I just didn't see the percentage figure move after reading for 15 minutes. But the story it great, heartbreaking and interesting reading about a war-time era with raw and horrific circumstances that come with war. I really enjoyed it and it was worth finishing.
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Very well written indeed. Heard this book mentioned in a 5-Live book-chat hour (with Clarissa Chatterton) and am happy to have discovered such an author, and a novel telling of what happened to result in those images of starving Biafran kids I remember from my childhood (and resulting in George Harrison's benefit gig, long before Band Aid etc).
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The prose is beautiful. The author interweaves the lives of a group of people with an account of the Biafra war. The political history is written with skill so it does not become lecture-like or laboursome; the horrors of human suffering are written with sensitivity and without intent to shock (they are still shocking at times); and the emotional experience of the characters is often indicated rather than explained - so the reader has the experience of becoming more involved in the book. I highly recommend it.
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print very small and needed a dictionary most of the way as could not understand ,many words. Gave up!! and did not finish the book.
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She is an amazing writer! It feels like you are experiencing everything through her characters. You don't want to put the book down!
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I just can't praise this highly enough, it's right up there with the best books I've ever read.
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Tedious read. Could not finish it.
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