Get this from a library! Purple hibiscus: a novel. [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie] -- DESCRIPTION In the city of Egunu, Nigeria, fifteen year-old Kambili and her older. Purple Hibiscus: A Novel - Kindle edition by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like. Read Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Rakuten Kobo. The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family.
Random House, Inc. Fifteen-year-old Kambili's world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home. When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father's authority.
The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood, between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new. This year I have slowly been working my way through all of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's works. While I find her writing to be impeccable, Purple Hibiscus wowed me from the first page.
Taking place in Nigeria, Kambili and her brother Jaja lived a privileged life until visiting their Auntie. Soon they start to see the corruption that exists in Nigeria, along with religious and political struggles as well. This is a book about family ties, father-daughter relationships, and the way in which religion can play into peoples lives. This book is just beautiful written, completely engrossing, with Kambili and Jaja being such wonderful characters to follow along throughout the story. Fifteen-year-old Kambili lives with her parents and older brother in a fancy house in Nigeria.
Her father, a holy roller and successful businessman, rules with an iron fist, and everyone -- family members and servants alike -- perpetually walks on eggshells for fear of displeasing him. Upon visiting their aunt in another city, Kambili discovers that in other households family members actually laugh, joke and speak freely, and not every minute of their day is strictly scheduled. By the time they return home, both Kambili and Jaja are profoundly changed by their experiences, and things won't be quite how they used to. It was an intriguing experience to learn about life in modern-day Nigeria, getting a peek into family traditions and traditional religion, as well as the political events occurring in the background. However, I found this an intriguing but difficult read -- from the moment of introduction to Kambili's father the reader gets a sense of something ominous lying in wait. Adichie has written a harshly beautiful first novel of life in Nigeria during troubled political times. Kambili, a 15-year-old girl, impressionable and desperately quiet, lives with her brother, Jaja, who is her hero, and her complicated and troubled parents.
The disturbing faithfulness that her father demands from each of them, and the resultant punishments at their so-called laxness, becomes too much to bear. Especially when they realize how different family life can be after visiting their father’s sister’s family in Nsukka. Idm Ultraedit V21 30 0 1005 Incl Keymaker-core on this page.
Their dread of returning is finessed by their mother’s act of desperate maternal love.
Description Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2003 O Henry Prize winner, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2004 Orange Prize. In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father's expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.
But a military coup brings new tension to Nigeria and her home, and Kambili wonders if her dreams will ever be fulfilled. Adichie's striking and poetic language reveals a land and a family full of strife, but fighting to survive. A rich narration by South African native Lisette Lecat perfectly complements this inspiring tale. 'Although a fifteen-year-old girl in Nigeria lives a privileged life, she is threatened by an abusive father and the threat of a military coup. Lisette Lecat dus not narrate this audiobook as much as she casts a spell.