Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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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. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins' laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Books : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
ISBN: 9781616202422
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Adichie is well-known for many books, and rightly so, but this one is my favorite. Her prose is beautiful and the story is so empowering, you'll feel like you can do anything when it's over.

Adichie’s gift for prose is obvious in this dramatic story about a young girl’s struggles growing up in Nigeria under an oppressive father. I have never been to Nigeria, nor any part of Africa, but this book absolutely kept me rooted there until the very end.

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samcmar Jun 13, 2017

This year I have slowly been working my way through all of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's works. While I find her writing to be impeccable, Purple Hibiscus wowed me from the first page. Taking place in Nigeria, Kambili and her brother Jaja lived a privileged life until visiting their Auntie. Soon they start to see the corruption that exists in Nigeria, along with religious and political struggles as well. This is a book about family ties, father-daughter relationships, and the way in which religion can play into peoples lives.

This book is just beautiful written, completely engrossing, with Kambili and Jaja being such wonderful characters to follow along throughout the story.

Nov 29, 2016

This is a book i would read over and over again.

Nov 04, 2016

Fifteen-year-old Kambili lives with her parents and older brother in a fancy house in Nigeria. Her father, a holy roller and successful businessman, rules with an iron fist, and everyone -- family members and servants alike -- perpetually walks on eggshells for fear of displeasing him. Upon visiting their aunt in another city, Kambili discovers that in other households family members actually laugh, joke and speak freely, and not every minute of their day is strictly scheduled. By the time they return home, both Kambili and Jaja are profoundly changed by their experiences, and things won't be quite how they used to.

It was an intriguing experience to learn about life in modern-day Nigeria, getting a peek into family traditions and traditional religion, as well as the political events occurring in the background. However, I found this an intriguing but difficult read -- from the moment of introduction to Kambili's father the reader gets a sense of something ominous lying in wait.

Apr 01, 2016

could not put it down...

Jul 05, 2015

Heartbreaking and beautifully written coming-of-age story amid turmoil and trauma. Not just for fans of YA fiction.

Mar 14, 2015

A stroy of a child's growing into the realization that her family is suffering terrible abuse at the hands of the father. Thankfully an affirming, happy and loving relative provides realistic and honest choices for hope and for redemption. Beautiful storytelling. Inspiring and tender.
Five stars.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

Adichie has written a harshly beautiful first novel of life in Nigeria during troubled political times. Kambili, a 15-year-old girl, impressionable and desperately quiet, lives with her brother, Jaja, who is her hero, and her complicated and troubled parents. The disturbing faithfulness that her father demands from each of them, and the resultant punishments at their so-called laxness, becomes too much to bear. Especially when they realize how different family life can be after visiting their father’s sister’s family in Nsukka. Their dread of returning is finessed by their mother’s act of desperate maternal love.

Oct 08, 2014

Read this book about 2 years ago.
I am looking forward to reading it again soon!

Oct 29, 2013

Amazing read. Finished it in a day!

Feb 22, 2013

The very first line hooked me to this book. I love how it was told and written. This story is just beautiful. I really really liked it! I would recommend it to a friend .

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