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Cambridge Book Club Readers~~ Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


A masterly, haunting novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed. 

With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.            

Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.


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  • Anthony T.

    Caught a cold. See ya next time!

    September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was really looking forward to this discussion. But that's Rosh Hashana :(

    August 21, 2013

  • Jules

    Update on book selection: We had a conversation at our July meeting and people wanted to pick books 3 months out to help with reserving them from the library. So we voted on Half a Yellow Sun for September and The End of Life Book Club for October. The idea is at the August meeting we can vote on a book for November, and then continue the trend if people think it is working well. So for now, in addition to commenting, please bring your ideas to the meetings and we'll vote on them there, since the majority seem to like this method. :)



    Come to the August meeting with your idea!

    July 11, 2013

  • Kay

    Hi there,
    Was thinking how many would be interested in reading and discussing " The Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness or The Passage by Justin Cronin?

    June 21, 2013

  • Paras H.

    I would like to reccommend " The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz.... a very gripping and realistic book... one that everyone can relate to regardless of your background...

    June 6, 2013

  • Bill T.

    Hi there..may I ask when and how the group votes on/selects the books to be read and discussed? I just joined the group and haven't been to a meetup yet, and I'm noticing the meetings 3 and 4 months out don't have books selected yet. Thanks! :)

    June 1, 2013

    • Paras H.

      HI Bill, so there are a couple of ways we do the book selecting... 1) you can post a book choice in the comments here, 2) you can voice your book choice at the meeting prior to the one you want to discuss the book at... the book that gets the most votes will be selected as the discussion choice.

      June 6, 2013

  • Philip

    I guess I'll be there in September. It is only May after all. Does this mean that the group is taking the summer off?

    May 9, 2013

    • Paras H.

      Hi Philip, the group will be meeting in July & Aug as well... I've just booked dates in advance. :)

      June 6, 2013

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