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Old 06-11-2018, 12:44 PM   #1
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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

'With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.'

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This is the MR Literary Club selection for June 2018. Whether you've already read it or would like to, feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time, and guests are always welcome! So, what are your thoughts on it?

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Old 06-12-2018, 04:23 PM   #2
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As the description noted, Adichie seems a natural storyteller from what I've read so far. I was quickly pulled in. I was surprised by the humour and I've already laughed out loud a few times, such as when Ugwu wishes curses on guests of Odenigbo that he doesn't like, such as wishing bad diarrhoea on someone and their future children.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:47 PM   #3
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The writing is wonderful so far. Nice cadence and lots of imagery. I think it will read quickly. I am slowed down because I keep looking up terms and places. It will be interesting history to learn.
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It is a very sad history. I was in high school when the war started, and still remember the coverage on the suffering of the people in Biafra. Very many Igbo starved to death due to the wartime disruption of agriculture and the tight blockade of Biafra.

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Biafra: A People Betrayed by Kurt Vonnegut

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I am past half way through my reread of this book and am glad I returned to it. It rereads as being quite fresh.

For me the story flows well and the prose is great, no rough to read sentences and scenes are set with no use of the exaggerated or tired adjectives, metaphors, etc. many writers use.
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I am past half way through my reread of this book and am glad I returned to it. It rereads as being quite fresh.

For me the story flows well and the prose is great, no rough to read sentences and scenes are set with no use of the exaggerated or tired adjectives, metaphors, etc. many writers use.
Yes, I love the way she writes about things without sentimentalizing or dramatizing; she can write about cockroach eggs, the smell of the night soil, the act of sexual intercourse all without fuss in what seems to be the most natural manner.
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