Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

Book Review #11 – Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

*****

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my favorite authors. Maybe actually my top favorite author. This book, about the Biafran independence movement (within Nigeria — a civil war), introduced me to a slice of history I had literally never heard of before. Using the lens of five intertwined characters, the book continued to draw you in — and as the situation got worse and worse for Biafrans, you felt like you were witnessing a progression you were helpless to stop. A fiction book, it expresses certain truths about human life and spirit, about mankind, and about what identity and war and hunger do to individuals and society, and about how the entire world is intertwined in a way Westerners aren’t always willing to admit. It’s haunting but needs to be heard.