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Purple Hibiscus (2003)

por Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father, involved in mysterious ways with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to their aunt's. Here she discovers love and a life - dangerous and heathen - beyond the confines of her father's authority.
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Amazing that Adichie wrote this at 26. Her talent for painting the richness of human interaction (spoken and unspoken) knows no rival. Eugene is an interesting allegory for postcolonialism. Capitalistic prosperity brings the illusion of freedom, or at least political and material freedoms that can be bought. However, internalized racism and the rejection of heritage fortify the unbroken chain of colonial violence. As much as I love Adichie, endings are her weakness. I’d like to have seen more of Kambili’s transformation. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
best book I've read in ages. has made me question all the stars I've assigned this year, might have to downgrade everything else.

there is all this Nigerian food which I have no idea what it is, but I want to try it.

also, lots of bigoted dogmatic Catholics fucking up their children. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Gosh this author is good. I first read her Half of a Yellow Sun (go read it right now if you haven't -- it's the best newish thing I've read in several years) and loved it. I didn't love Americanah, but I also think I misread it. This her earliest novel is lovely (if horrible in some of what it depicts), and the story is so well told, so evocative. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Adichie's 2003 novel Purple Hibiscus tells the story of the young Nigerian girl Kambili and her family. It is set in postcolonial Nigeria and the political instability in the country shines through in several places. Kambili and her brother Jaja grow up in a well-to-do family as their father Eugene is a successful businessman. The novel follows Kambili in a decisive and formative period of her life and shows her struggles as a teenager trying to find her place in her family as well as in life.

Kambili's father is a devout Christian who rules his family with a strong hand. Everything has to go according to his will. He provides his children with daily schedules that are focused on learning and praying and do not leave much time for fun, hobbies or the things teenagers usually do. When something does not go according to his plan, Eugene punishes the members of his family, often violently. Aunty Ifeoma, Eugene's sister, provides the children with the much needed escape from the regime of their father. Although she is not wealthy and lives in rather simple living conditions with her own children, she can provide the love, the warmth and the interest that Kambili and Jaja lack in their own home. Eugene is obviously not happy with their children being out of his reach, even if it is just for a couple of days.

The novel's main themes are religion, family life and domestic violence. There is always the underlying dynamic between Christianity and traditional beliefs, between love and violence, between a father trying to keep the family together and actually driving them further apart. The title Purple Hibiscus can be seen as a symbol for Kambili's attempt at creating a life for herself between her father's upbringing and the newfound freedoms. Just as the purple hibiscus is a new creation, Kambili has to create meaning in her own life by trying to balance her father's violent but well-meant upbringing with her aunt's more open lifestyle.

I found Purple Hibiscus to be a fascinating bildungsroman that vividly portrays the sad story of Kambili growing up as a young girl in postcolonial Nigeria. 4.5 stars. ( )
1 vote OscarWilde87 | Dec 23, 2020 |
So much better than I was expecting. I knew it was nominated for awards ad such, but I didn't really know if I'd love it. But I did. it was just fabulous and beautifully written. I loved the main character Kambili and her coming of age story. She was just a heartbreaking character and I loved watching her transformation and self-discovery. The juxtaposition between her stifling home life and the lush environment of Nigeria was very well done. However, I thought the ending was a tad abrupt and I wanted a bit more from it, bit it is still a story I'd highly recommend. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
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For Professor James Nwoye Adichie and Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Adichie, my parents, my heroes, ndi o ga-adili mma
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Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion and Papa flung his heavy missal across the room and broke the figurines on the etagere.
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When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father, involved in mysterious ways with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to their aunt's. Here she discovers love and a life - dangerous and heathen - beyond the confines of her father's authority.

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