Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

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6 thoughts on “Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

  1. Review by the Blank Books reading group:
    Mixed reactions. Some of the gorup did not like the subject matter. But well done for a first novel.
    Rating: **

  2. Review by the Blank Books reading group:
    Mixed reactions. Some of the gorup did not like the subject matter. But well done for a first novel.
    Rating: **

  3. Review by St Mary’s RC Parish Bookclub
    All ten of our group LOVED this book. We thought Adichie handled the two households/two cultures in a masterful way. The issue of domestic violence behind closed doors was viewed from the “inside” through Kambili’s eyes. A great first novel.
    Rating: ****

  4. Review by St Mary’s RC Parish Bookclub
    All ten of our group LOVED this book. We thought Adichie handled the two households/two cultures in a masterful way. The issue of domestic violence behind closed doors was viewed from the “inside” through Kambili’s eyes. A great first novel.
    Rating: ****

  5. Review by Novel Characters Reading Group
    good story though it took a while to get going! Very good characterisation. good portrayal of family life in Nigeria.
    Rating: ***

  6. Review by Novel Characters Reading Group
    good story though it took a while to get going! Very good characterisation. good portrayal of family life in Nigeria.
    Rating: ***

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