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A thoroughly rewarding read by an outstanding novelist
on 3 October 2014
What a terrific book this is. There is so much packed into its comparatively short span. First and foremost, it's a rite of passage novel, with the narrator/heroine growing up sexually, emotionally, politically and above all in her perception of her father. Then again it's an insightful study in domestic tyranny, wisely eschewing black and white judgements about the father's behaviour. And it's also a wonderful location book, bringing Nigeria to life without indulging in any purple prose. The construction is masterly, and Adichie creates atmosphere and character without any cost to pace. That's quite an achievement. I seldom give five stars but in this instance anything less would be unfair, though it has to be said that occasionally the claustrophobia of the parental home makes it rather grim reading.