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Purple Hibiscus–by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Posted in Identity, Literature, Nigerian authors on April 5, 2012 by talibahseeks

I just finished reading the book Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  It is the story of a family whose patriarch–Brother Eugene– is tortured by his staunch interpretation of Catholicism, coupled with the political turmoil and violence plaguing his society in Nigeria.  He is a  philanthropist who donates generously to religious institutions as well as vulnerable members of his community, and also sponsors an unrelenting voice against political corruption through his publication.  However, he is also physically and mentally abusive to his wife, daughter, and son at home.  His particular practice of Catholicism and allegiance to order both stifle and “protect” his family.  His disdain for indigenous ways (or even style) of worship and investment in the politics of respectability alienate him and his family from others including his own father, prompting his more liberal sister to describe him as “too much of a colonial product” (13).  The story is told through the eyes of his daughter Kambili who feels a complex mixture of terror, love, and pride in regard to her father.

When Kambili and her brother are sent to live with their aunt temporarily they are exposed to new ways of being.  They are inspired and comforted by the love, imperfection, and freedom of  her home.  Kambili  in particular learns to find her voice  and connects to new, exciting, and frightening emotions once alien to her.  To the confusion and dismay of their father they are never the same again.

I really enjoyed reading this book and developed a sense of affection and empathy for the characters.  I highly recommend it.  Adichie does not present one dimensional characters which i really appreciate.  I will read her other works as she is now among my favorite authors.

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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Posted in Literature, Nigerian authors on March 31, 2012 by talibahseeks

“And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but that they are incomplete.”