Purple Hibiscus – By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of those authors that I’ve always meant to read but never actually gotten round to (my to-read list increases exponentially). With Half of A Yellow Sun hitting the silver screen this summer, I took it as a sign that I need to get through her entire collection before I watch the film. Yes, I’m one of those annoying people that refuses to watch films unless I’ve read the book. I started my reading mission at 10pm with her debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, and finished exactly 4 hours later, give or take a few minutes.

Set in post-colonial Nigeria, Purple Hibiscus is a tale of sexual and political awakening; its narrator, Kambili – like her country itself – undergoes a huge transformation. Nigeria’s chaotic social, political, and religious climate at the time permeates every aspect of Kambili’s life. Her father’s public facade is one of a rich and courageous newspaper publisher and philanthropist that dares to publish the truth; but behind closed doors, he is a tyrannical religious fanatic who, under the precept of ‘saving his children’, commits horrific acts of domestic abuse.

This is an astounding coming of age story written from the perspective of a 15-year old girl who must come to terms with the realities of having an abusive, puritanical and fanatically religious father. Adichie delineates Kambili’s fear superbly; you can’t help but empathise with what this family are going through.

Kambili’s narration of a life shaken by domestic violence and turmoil reflects her painfully shy and submissive character. Despite the violence, she strives to make her father proud in any way possible. It is only after she and brother, Jaja, visit their outspoken and spirited aunt and cousins that she learns to express herself and accept the unjust nature of her situation.

The characters are multi-dimensional and absorbing, and the story harrowing and unpredictable. Adichie’s artful inclusion of local dialect and her atmospheric style of description paint a portrait of Nigeria that is detailed, accurate and yet challenging. She manages to beautifully celebrate both the good and bad qualities of the country. Adichie achieves the perfect balance of setting the scene and being sufficiently descriptive, while never allowing the depictions to become didactic or tedious.


Three iBooks of Purple Hibiscus are up for grabs, to win, email WIN to ebooks@harpercollins.co.uk.
Competition ends on Friday 24th May at 4pm


Read This Book…
With a large glass of cashew juice, whilst sat in a garden filled with hibiscus shrubs.


This book is a … Epic Read





Genre: Fiction
Paperback ISBN: 9780007189885
ebook ISBN: 9780007383696


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*Also available as an audiobook


If you liked this, then you’ll love…
Americannah, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck, all by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.