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'Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic.' Daily Mail

'Stunning. It has a ramshackle freedom and exuberant ambition.' Observer

'I look with awe and envy at this young woman from Africa who is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate – and we, her readers, are even luckier.' Edmund White

'Absolutely awesome. One of the best books I've ever read.' Judy Finnigan

'Vividly written, thrumming with life…a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's “Things Fall Apart” and V.S. Naipaul's “A Bend in the River”.' Joyce Carol Oates

'Rarely have I felt so there, in the middle of all that suffering. I wasted the last fifty pages, reading them far too greedily and fast, because I couldn't bear to let go…It is a magnificent second novel – and can't fail to find the readership it deserves and demands.' Margaret Forster

'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe

'[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, “The Siege”.' Guardian

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel ‘Purple Hibiscus’ was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker’s list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, ‘Americanah’, was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. She lives in Nigeria.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (1 October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007272375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007272372
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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The war of Nigeria and Biafra completely unfamiliar to non Africans but still the details in the book took me through the journey of affluent middle class and the trials and tribulations of the main characters. The descriptive nature of the book helped greatly in taking me a place unknown and unfamiliar. The myriad human feelings of love,rage, loyalty, commitment was just beautiful..
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build quality of this book is good
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Biafra, a country torn due to civil war. The lives of five people are intertwined when Igbo and Hausa people fight against each other for 3 years. The period between 1967-1970, which is marked as a period of Nigerian Civil war and a country that was born for a brief period, known as Biafra.

Two daughters of an influential businessman, one Professor, known as the “Master” whose life revolves around Patriotism towards Biafra, an Englishman who comes to Nigeria to write a book and to be known as an Author and a domestic servant whose life revolves around his Master.

The story starts with a boy named Ugwu, who comes to work for Odenigbo’s house in Nassuka, where in his Master asks him to work for him and also side by side to continue his education. Ugwu’s life revolves around his Master Odenigbo and he creates a small little world for both him. He meets a lot of influential people that come under his Master’s friend circle and everyday he witnesses how much knowledge he still needs to gain. He sees that people call his Master a Revolutionary due to his strong opinions. But then a time comes when his Master falls in love and enters Olanna, his master’s muse. Ugwu feels threatened by Olanna’s existence in their home, but then settles down when he gets to know her better. Olanna has a twin sister, Kainene, who has dry, sarcastic humor and is bored of running her Father’s company. She falls in love with Richard, who is a struggling writer and comes to Nigeria to write about Igbo-Ukwu art.

Jumping ahead, trouble is taking place between Igbo and Hausa people, which has taken up the lives of including Olanna’s aunt and uncle whom she was very close too. A new Republic, called Biafra has been created by Igbo people so as to show their existence and fight for their lives.
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It was the blurb that first caught my attention. Then the fact that the story is on the Nigerian Civil war I was researching at the time made me go for this book. I am glad I did.

This story of the poor Ugwu leaving the life he had known in his home village to work as a house help in Enugu, where he got trapped in the world of educated and refined people whose worlds and past mirror the complexities of Nigeria before, during and after the civil. The writing makes understanding the civil war a lot easier, and gives an insight of the various ethnicities (Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani), especially the major ones, whose squabbling and shortsightedness plunged the land into so much misery that it is yet to fully recover from.

The story spans four decades and tells a story of Nigeria that is exemplary. It comes with Disciples of Fortune, and Things Fall Apart as novels I enjoyed this year. Stories that provide an insight into African life in this manner win my heart deeply.
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A book that beautifully captures the human emotion, their struggle towards everyday things, insecurities, difficulty during the time of war and a lot more.

No character in this book is perfect and each have their own issues to deal with and demons to overcome.

The way the book has been written is simple and easy to read at the same time not boring you out.
I am one of those who become impatient while reaching the end of the book and rush through. But this one I read patiently because of the amount I might end up missing. I liked the way she kept me hooked till the last page.

You start living with the characters, I for one felt how lucky I have been, shielded from such horrors and hardships that one mistake can cost you your life.

The book also touches the topic of infidelity and a lot of love making(not something I appreciate) to give it that very real feel.

A good book and even wonderful if you have some background of the war.

Go ahead pick it up.
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A fantastic novel. It gives a lot of insight into both human nature and war. I never knew about the Biafran war until I read this book.
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A very very enlightening book..... very well written indeed and came to me in time and in perfect condition. I'll surely recommend it.
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Loved it. Lived the life of Chimamanda's characters to the fullest, weeping for them, laughing with them, learning from them.
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