About the book
The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.
When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.
This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred – the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.
Review by Hedge End WI:
8/9 members said it was a clever book showing intolerance and stress. At times it made tense reading – harrowing. Many strands –
Christianity – African tradition
Inward Catholicism – outward humanity
Secular Love – Religious love
Acceptance of control – freedom from control
The 9th member, whilst accepting above, doubted R.C. could be so narrow
Also related to Middle East and narrow religious beliefs.
4 stars out of 5 a good discussion