Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating.
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Nthepa Segage reviewed on 22 Jul 2016
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Purple Hibiscus is an impeccably written novel, set in post-colonial Nigeria, at a time when the country is facing political unrest. This unrest can also be mirrored in the personal lives of Kambili and her brother. Through their lives, the story explores issues of identity and self-discovery. Adichie’s ability to construct a symbolism of the country’s adversities through the lives of her characters, highlights her sensitivity to both human experience and to the struggles of a country seeking to rise from its past colonial hardships. She also reaches deep into the subjects of individual translations and practices of religion, and of ethnic tensions. Purple Hibiscus exceeds literary excellence by drawing attention to concerns that spread out of the borders of Nigeria and pour into the whole continent, by laying history bare and analysing real psychological shapes of individuals. This book is great for readers who love African literature and its rich history. If you enjoy a story that reflects real human journeys and is wealthy with deep meaning, Purple Hibiscus is definitely a recommendation.