Purple Hibiscus (2019)

Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus Fifteen year old Kambili s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound Her wealthy Catholic father under whose shadow Kambili lives while generous and politi
  • Title: Purple Hibiscus
  • Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • ISBN: 9780007189885
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fifteen year old Kambili s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili s father sends her and her broFifteen year old Kambili s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father s authority The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways This is a book about the promise of freedom about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new.
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  1. Ebony

    I was biased towards Adichie as an excellent writer because that s what people said It wasn t the book I originally was going to read by her but it was her first so naturally, I thought I would start at the beginning I felt so oppressed reading the book but then I realized that was her genius She never said the word oppression For the first two thirds of the book, she never described pain, but all the details made me feel like something was terribly wrong not just at home but also in the country [...]

  2. Adam

    I have really enjoyed reading Purple Hibiscus by Nigerian born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche An admirer of her compatriot, the writer Chinua Achebe, who wrote, amongst other things, Things fall apart, she begins her novel with the words Things started to fall apart at home Even if the use of these words is purely coincidental, they provide a very apt summary of what is going to happen during the following 300 pages.The story is narrated by 15 year old Kambili She and her brother Ja Ja are the c [...]

  3. Orsodimondo

    BIAFRA Eccomi qua, sono tornato, sono stato via per qualche giorno Sono andato in Nigeria ero l quando c stato un colpo di stato e le cose si sono messe davvero male, la gente spariva e non se ne sapeva pi nulla Oppure, veniva uccisa, ma i responsabili restavano impuniti e apparentemente ignoti, anche se tutti sapevano che erano proprio gli stessi che avevano fatto il colpo di stato Il paese sembrava in un progressivo stato di decadimento, come se fosse avviato a un ineluttabile scomparsa bLagos [...]

  4. Book Riot Community

    My official end of year project is reading backlist from authors I just fell in love with this year, and Adichie s stunning debut novel got me off to a fantastic start This is the story of 15 year old Kambili and her brother Jaja Their father is a Big Man in their Nigerian community He is a devout Christian, and keeping his family on the narrow path of the faithful is his primary focus in life, no matter what it takes He is verbally and physically abusive, and his family lives in fear of him Whe [...]

  5. Lisa

    A father husband who is physically abusive, extremely authoritarian, rigidly Catholic, yet extremely generous toward his community drives the action of the novel When his children, Kambili the narrator and Jaja, go to live with their aunt they witness and begin to experience autonomy Nigerian political strife is merely a backdrop in this novel Eugene, Kambili s father, runs a paper and finds himself having to take his printing underground to escape the authorities Ifeoma, Kambili s aunt Eugene s [...]

  6. Chantal(Every Word A Doorway)

    You can also read the full review here She seemed so happy, so at peace, and I wondered how anybody around me could feel that way when liquid fire was raging inside me, when fear was mingling with hope and clutching itself around my ankles Purple Hibiscus is the first book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that I ve read, but I can guarantee it won t be my last I loved this book so much and felt deeply connected to the characters and story It was such an insightful and thought provoking read, I couldn [...]

  7. Dianne

    Really good debut novel that is at heart a family drama, but also a look at race, politics, social unrest and religious fanaticism I love Adichie s writing and the characters she creates here are memorable and believable Highly recommend.

  8. Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan Purple Hibiscus Nevisande Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ISBN 7189885 ISBN13 9780007189885 Dar 307 Safhe Saal e Chap 2003

  9. ·Karen·

    Aunty Ifeoma writes to her niece in Nigeria from America There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.It is particularly appropriate to be reading this around the time of the presidential el [...]

  10. Emer

    This wonderful book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recommended to me by my dear friend Anne you should be following her, not only is she lovely but she writes amazing reviews We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know Purple Hibiscus tells the story of 15 year old Kambili She lives at home with her brother and her parents From the outside Kambili s wealth [...]

  11. Aditi

    From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable Salman RushdieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an award winning Nigerian author, has penned an immensely absorbing family drama in her literary fiction novel, Purple Hibiscuswhere the author weaves the tale of a young Nigerian girl who belongs from a very rich and affluent family where the father of the family is a religious fanatic and used to torture his wife, his daughter and his son in the name of Christ if they commit a slight mistake, b [...]

  12. Helene Jeppesen

    Yet another beautiful and honest story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that hits you in the heart and stays with you for a long time to come This one is about a Nigerian family who has its secret To begin with, a lot of things are veiled as you only get to see things from the protagonist s, Kambili s, perspective However, as the story continues we realize that there is behind the story than you think, and the horrible truth is heart breaking and thought provoking I really like Adichie s books bec [...]

  13. Julie Christine

    Toward the end of Purple Hibiscus, it occurred to me that the character of Papa could be a metaphor for Nigeria and Kambili, the sheltered, na ve young daughter of a wealthy businessman, the Nigerian people Papa, gifted with an intelligence that holds so much potential, instead wields his power with the cruel, unsparing hand of a megalomaniacal dictator He crushes, but does not defeat, the spirit of his hopeful, innocent daughter Adichie is such a master of character ambiguity It is easy to hate [...]

  14. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was pleased to open this book as one of the picks during a year with the Postal Book Swap F group This is our second year send books around and the picks are entirely secret until everyone has seen everything I had previously read and enjoyed Americanah and always thought I might go back and read Adichie s previous works I also have Half of a Yellow Sun on my shelf, unread.I loved this story, and it resonated deeply because of my own experiences with my own father And I think she does a good j [...]

  15. João Carlos

    A Cor do Hibisco 2003 o primeiro livro da nigeriana Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie n 1977 , um romance de excepcional qualidade, um livro que queima como gua a ferver Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie divide A Cor do Hibisco em quatro partes Quebram se os Deuses Domingo de Ramos , Fal vamos Atrav s do Esp rito Antes do Domingo de Ramos , Os Peda os de Deus Depois do Domingo de Ramos e Um Sil ncio Diferente O Presente.A narradora Kambili, uma rapariga nigeriana de 15 anos, filha de Eugene, um poderoso homem de [...]

  16. Emma

    Adichie has an incredible talent for making the reader lose themselves in the story she has created I could feel the gritty winds of the harmattan, and the bumpy, potholed roads between Enugu and Nsukka see the blooming purple hibiscus and the dancing Mmuo spirits I loved Adichie s inclusion of Igbo words, contextualised or explained so that I was never uncertain of their meaning I actually had trouble with the vocabulary of Catholicism, not being religious myself, and had to look up many of th [...]

  17. James

    Whilst not quite in the same league as Half of a Yellow Sun Purple Hibiscus is neither as accomplished nor as ambitious in scope Purple Hibiscus is nevertheless a very strong and affecting novel.Set again in Nigeria and although told against a backdrop of civil unrest and corruption, this is very much focussed on the family and on the characters immediate domestic situation Told by, and seen through the eyes of the main protagonist the desperately shy fifteen year old Kambili, this is to some ex [...]

  18. Margitte

    This was a great book to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche combined Nigerian politics, religion, cuisine, traditional believes and industry in such a way that neither of the elements overshadowed the story of the fifteen year old Kambili and her family Although her father was religiously rigid, physically, mentally and emotionally abusive to the family, especially Kambili s mom, Adiche still showed his softer side of him caring for so many hundreds of people either openly or anonymously Her wealthy i [...]

  19. Jill

    3.5 starsKambili is fifteen, living at home with her brother, Jaja, her mother and her father, a wealthy businessman Their home life though affluent and seemingly stable is an unhappy one with Kambili, Jaja and their mother walking on eggshells, living with the physically and emotionally abusive father, a religious, fanatical tyrant Nigeria, politically unstable at this time, succumbs to a military coup.This is author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s debut The writing is flowing, easy to follow, thou [...]

  20. Wiebke (1book1review)

    This book was amazing The writing is very concise and spot on The amount of content Adichie is able to put into a book of this size was impressive It was not boring for one minute and I felt constantly like I was in the middle of the story I could feel with the characters and understand the worl in which Kambili lived.The story itself was very interesting and moving as it showed the lives of a very religious and rich family in Nigeria from the viewpoint of the young daughter, who seemed a lot yo [...]

  21. Anabel (inthebookcorner)

    Left me in tears It s great to read a book and be reminded of the reasons you love to read Can t wait to read Adichie.

  22. Sarah (Presto agitato)

    Chimamanda Adichie is one of those rare writers who has a gift for seeing as much as for writing Her prose is evocative yet precise, and the story is carefully structured and well paced The most striking aspect of this novel, though, is the nuance of the characterizations The main characters are all multi layered, with aspects of their personalities revealed a little at a time, quietly, resulting in a picture that is rich and real Even minor characters who make only brief appearances, like the w [...]

  23. Candi

    I laughed because Nsukka s untarred roads coat cars with dust in the harmattan and with sticky mud in the rainy season Because the tarred roads spring potholes like surprise presents and the air smells of hills and history and the sunlight scatters the sand and turns it into gold dust Because Nsukka could free something deep inside your belly that would rise up to your throat and come out as a freedom song As laughter This debut novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is full of expressive prose just [...]

  24. Cheryl

    Lovely and heart wrenching tale of a teenage girl who grew up in a privileged, yet religiously oppressive family led by a dominant, confused father and a docile, conforming mother.I thought I would dislike this book because by page 16, it seemed to abruptly take me back a few years None of that mattered by the time I was rooted in Kambili s narration, in fact, a huge chunk of the book stayed in a certain period, with smooth transitions at the end So taken was I by Adichie s usage of dialect Igbo [...]

  25. Pam

    This is a fantastic debut novel by a young Nigerian born writer This is a YA novel, but has very heavy material Kambili is a 15 year old Nigerian girl born into privelege in her war torn country however, her life is not what it seems Her father, a wealthy business man and philanthropist, is also an abusive tyrant The juxtaposition of the wealth of the ruling class and the abject poverty of the masses is paralled by the two faces of the family The writing is beatiful and vivid Because it paints t [...]

  26. Laura

    I m having trouble writing a review for this book because I enjoyed it so much but I m not entirely sure I can fully convey that in my review.The book is set in Nigeria where there is political unrest and this plays part in the storyline but without being over the top The story focuses on a family of four, mother, father and two children To the outside world the father is a hugely generous man who likes to share his wealth around with everyone, but at home he is a religious nut who s physically [...]

  27. Thomas

    A great coming of age story about fifteen year old Kambili, an obedient girl who watches as Nigeria falls under a military coup At the same time her own family struggles to keep their personal cracks sealed Kambili s father, a man who values religion above all else, abuses Kambili and her brother, ignores their ailing pagan grandfather, and helps hundreds of poor people all at once When her father sends Kambili and her brother away to stay with their educated aunt and her free spirited children, [...]

  28. Elif

    This was my second novel by Adichie and so different from Americanah and yet so, so good It s mostly about a family and with very religious father who s extremely abusive and how the protagonist Kambili and her brother Jaja learn to see that he s flawed and emancipate themselves with the help of their aunt Sounds simple, doesn t it But it was so authentic and well written that I couldn t stop reading I was fascinated by the characters and how there s no black and white, good and evil And how som [...]

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