Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2003.
ISBN: 9780345807526
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,23 cm.

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Patty_Torres
Jan 29, 2020

I'm in love with the way the author expressed so much of Kambili's internal thoughts in sutil details and the interesting mix of personalities around the story. This is the second book that I read from her and I want to keep reading.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 14, 2020

Debut novel by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who achieved greater fame with "Half of a Yellow Sun" and "Americanah." This is a smaller, more personal book about a Nigerian Catholic family run by a tyrannical father.

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lpreston214
Aug 15, 2018

I've read three of Adichie's books in the past couple of months and all have been amazing! This one is the story of a 15 year old growing up in a rich, privileged home with an abusive father. She and her brother live a life full of secrets until the world opens up when they go visit their aunt and cousins. They come into a house full of freedom and laughter and they are irrevocably changed. Just a great coming of age novel that teens will likely enjoy as well as adults.

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laphampeak
Aug 08, 2018

What a delightful discovery! Adichie's style of storytelling is so simply, yet deeply descriptive. I fully stood beside the characters in the Nigerian town of Enugu. We are exposed to the contrast of a wealthy, conservative, religiously fanatic, patriarchal family where our main character Kambili existed and to the home of their aunt, an intellectual and free thinking parent who takes on Kambili and Jaja, her brother, in times of difficulty. Throw in a military coup, coming of age, abuse, escape....... I will definitely read more from this author.

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samcmar
Jun 13, 2017

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.

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Yewan_de
Nov 29, 2016

This is a book i would read over and over again.

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ryner
Nov 04, 2016

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.

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girlearle
Apr 01, 2016

could not put it down...

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advega718
Jul 05, 2015

Heartbreaking and beautifully written coming-of-age story amid turmoil and trauma. Not just for fans of YA fiction.

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amazingluck
Mar 14, 2015

A stroy of a child's growing into the realization that her family is suffering terrible abuse at the hands of the father. Thankfully an affirming, happy and loving relative provides realistic and honest choices for hope and for redemption. Beautiful storytelling. Inspiring and tender.
Five stars.

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