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Novel                                            Half of a Yellow Sun

Author                                          Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's

Publisher                                       Alfred Knopf (2007)

Setting                                         Political and ethnic struggles in Nigeria

Time                                            Nigerian Civil war era – 1960-70

Main characters                             Olanna, Odenigbo, Baby, Ugwu, Kainene Richard

Reception / Acceptance of the Book

The novel was well received by critics, it was noted in The New York Times' 100 Most Notable Books of the Year, as well as its Orange Prize claim.

In a review for The Seattle Times, Mary Brennan highlights the book as "A sweeping story that provides both a harrowing history lesson and an engagingly human narrative".

The Guardian's Kate Kellaway said "An immense achievement, Half of a Yellow Sun has a ramshackle freedom and exuberant ambition," after reviewing the war based book.

The New York Times had a more mixed reflection of the book, noting negativity, "At times Adichie’s writing is too straightforward, the novel’s pace too slack." and a more positive view of her technique; "But whenever she touches on her favorite themes — loyalty and betrayal — her prose thrums with life."

Aïssatou Sidimé, from San Antonio Express-News, praised Adichie's writing in the book, writing that "Alluring and revelatory, eloquent, prize-winning Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is quickly proving herself to be fearless in the tradition of the great African writers."

Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe reviewed the book, saying "We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers" about the young aspiring writer. He also says: "She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war." www-wikipedia.org

Half of a Yellow Sun received the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. The award is given annually for the best original full-length novel written by a woman in English; Adichie's prize included £30 000. Purple Hibiscus, her first novel, made the Orange Prize shortlist in 2004, and because of the success of Half a Yellow Sun, critics have commented that Adichie may be in the "fast track" for literary success.

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Source: Modern Library www.randomhouse.com

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