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Purple Hibiscus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Wonderful Read!

    I heard the author speak at my local bookstore about her newest book. She was extrememly articulate, so I borrowed her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, from my local library. I loved her writing and found it extremely moving how she was able to tell both the stories of the characters' personal struggles as well as story of Nigeria's struggles as a nation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Exquisite debut novel

    This is first-rate historical fiction that reads like a memoir. Written in first person narrative by the main character, Kambili Achike, a 15-year-old Nigerian girl, it is a stunningly original debut novel. Brought up in an extremely privileged household Kambili is brought up by a father who is a religious fanatic, to the point of physically abusing his children and wife when they do not follow the ¿rules¿ that he imposes regarding praying, etc. As the children have grown to teens they begin to question many of their father¿s actions. They are not allowed to visit their grandfather because their father regards him as an ¿unrelenting pagan¿ who will poison the children¿s minds. The narrative is restrained yet luminous and telling. When political unrest begins to strike close to home, they are finally allowed to visit their Aunty Ifeoma¿s warm, crowded, somewhat impoverished household. They are transported into another world where the children speak freely; there is laughter, music and talk. Slowly they begin to realize the extent of their imprisoned lives. The novel is written with sensitivity and originality in wonderful prose. It depicts an unfamiliar culture while describing family values and the universal turmoil of teenagers. I would highly recommend it to book clubs.

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