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Half of a yellow sun

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st North American edView all editions and formats
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Re-creates the 1960s struggle of Biafra to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, following the intertwined lives of the characters through a military coup, the Biafran secession, and the resulting civil war.
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Novels
Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN: 1400044162 9781400044160 9781400095209 1400095204 9780676978124 0676978126
OCLC Number: 62878418
Awards: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 2007.
Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007.
Description: 435 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
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Re-creates the 1960s struggle of Biafra to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, following the intertwined lives of the characters through a military coup, the Biafran secession, and the resulting civil war.

With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigboʹs beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parentsʹ world of wealth and excess; Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their fatherʹs business; and Kaineneʹs English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds. As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place. -- Publisher description.

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