Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

TITLE: Half of a Yellow Sun
AUTHOR: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PREMISE: A group of people live their lives during the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s.
MY REVIEW: This is both a another library find and a book I've been meaning to read for awhile now. So, two birds with one stone, right?
I will warn, this is a heavy book. It's about the civil war in Nigeria that took place in the 1960s, therefore many not so happy things happen. Because Nigeria during that time, wasn't the best place to be.
This is not a light read, it's very much a thinking kind of book. It will make you think about many things, because the author has a lot of stuff happen in this book worth discussing. First, there's the Nigerian civil war itself, a topic I confess I don't know much about because of our amazingly American centered education system. After that, there's much discussion about race issues, which as evidenced by Ferguson are still very much relevant. Then there's just how war effect all of us, no matter what walk of life we come from.
Again, this is not a book I would read if you want light hearted reads. However, if you want a book to curl up with that makes you think about some serious issues for awhile...I definitely recommend this one.
WHO SHOULD READ: Literature fans, historical fiction fans, Book Thief fans, war book fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five

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