am 4. März 2016
Adicies Roman Purple Hibiscus bietet einen interessanten Einblick nicht nur in das Seelenleben einer 15 jährigen Tochter, die unter dem tyrannischen Vater leidet, sondern darüber hinaus in verschiedene nigerianische Lebenswelten: Katholizismus vs , Religion der Vorfahren, englische Kolonialkultur vs Traditionalismus, die Rolle der Frau, Korruption und Bestechlichkeit. Ein unbedingt lesenswertes Buch!
am 27. Januar 2005
Purple Hibiscus is a beautiful story. The plot is based on a 14 year-old who grew up under the stifling patronage of a stern father. Her domineering father frequently physically abused his family alongside her, creating terror at home and stunting the psychological growth of his children. Against the backdrop of the deterioration of the socio-economic and political life of Nigeria as it undergoes a military coup, the life Kambili knows is shattered and she has to seek for refuge in the home of her aunt. Kambili the sheltered but highly restricted child, who never thought of herself as lucky and who had earlier been absconded by her peers and cousin because of her supposedly privileges, learns to assert herself and becomes a beloved character, a character who easily understood the plight of those around her.. Kambili at first came to terms with her father as someone who regarded himself as a pillar of the community and someone she genuinely loved. Even the emotional and physical pains he inflicted are seen only as a gesture of love for her own good, but later she comes to consider his actions as abnormal. With its vivid portrayal of Nigerian life, and brilliant dissection of the characters , this novel moves at a pace which is electrifying.
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am 1. April 2014
Purple Hibiscus ist ein schöner Roman für alle, die in die familiären Strukturen Nigerias genauer einblicken wollen. Ein schon fast tyrannischer Vater, der tief gläubig ist und seine Familie nahezu zwingt diesen Glauben auch mit auszuleben und alles andere drum herum nicht toleriert. Ein Vater, der zur nigerianischen Oberschicht zählt, scheinbar viel für sein Volk getan hat und auch noch immer tut, aber dabei seine Familie in den Hintergrund stellt. Die beiden Kinder wachsen nach strikten Plänen auf, haben so gut wie keine Freizeit und als Freunde nur sich selbst. Und den Glauben.
Dann der Putsch in Nigeria, der alles noch schwieriger macht.
Und dann die Tante der Kinder mit ihren eigenen Kindern, die ganz gegenteilig aufwachsne. Offenener, sie hinterfragen gesellschaftliche und politische Geschehnisse und Normen, sie sind laut, lachen und scheinen glücklich.
Und dann der Pfarrer, in den sich Kambili, die Hauptfigur und aus deren Perspektive der Roman verfasst ist, verliebt.
am 3. März 2014
Mit viel Einfühlungsvermögen, präziser Gefühlsbeobachtung und -beschreibung beschreibt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie die Entwicklung eines vom bigotten Vater gequälten Kindes zur selbst-bewussten Jugendlichen. Atemberaubend spannend. Mit ihr habe ich Afrika noch viel mehr verstehen und lieben gelernt.
am 7. Februar 2008
This is a coming-of-age story from Nigeria which should be very accessible to readers from Western cultures as well. Part of the reason for this is that the narrator and protagonist, 14 year-old Kambili, grows up in a fairly westernized home; growing up, she faces problems that many Western readers will be familiar with. Her father is a zealous Catholic who terrorizes and abuses the whole family in the name of his Christian faith. The novel tells the story of how the family - Kambili, her brother Jaja, and her mother - gradually break away from the rule of the father, with the significant help of an aunt who is open-minded and tolerant and intellectually versatile enough to choose the best from both Western and Nigerian cultures.
Another strong point of this novel is how it touches upon political and social life in Nigeria. The father is an interesting case here. While he is a terrible tyrant in his home, in public he fights for democracy and stands up to the military rulers with great courage. He himself does not see the contradiction at all. But if the private is political, and vice versa, then we probably have to conclude that he fights for an idea of democracy that he does not really understand. Nor does he understand his Christian faith; and neither does he understand the traditional African faith of his father. His is the sad story of a man who fanatically embraces Western concepts - Catholicism, democracy - without really understanding them, losing his soul in the process and turning into something of a devil.
A gripping novel that provides plenty food for thought.
am 23. August 2009
I liked this book a lot even though the topic is not easy to digest. It is dealing with domestic violence and a father who is embracing all that's new and Western in the post-colonial Nigerian society in which he is an influential person. In his exegeration he has become a Catholic fundamantalist, lives strictly by the rules and forces his family to do so too without acknowledging the equally Catholic canon of emphathy. This is how Kambili, the girl who tells her story, grows up. The tension between Papa's Western education and old values still lived by his father and extended family introduces the reader to an African culture which can be found all over the continent: pagan festivals, ancestor worship and witch doctors. But exactly through this tension not only the differences but also the similarities become evident. Would definitely recommend and will read more books by this author.
am 17. April 2014
As far as I could tell, this was Adichie's first novel, and it was a very promising start - a promise that the author kept resoundingly in the two novels that followed, which are even better!
am 25. Dezember 2015
16-year old Ifemelu lives with her parents and brother in Enugu. Her father is a wealthy, religious man, who is greatly appreciated by the community but abusive towards his family. Her dull and strict way of life starts to change after staying with her aunt and cousins, where she begins to question her father's actions and slowly breaks free from her shyness and obedience.
am 8. Juli 2014
This novel provides the reader with intimate insight to an Igbo family. Bravo to Adichie for giving a captivating backstory and weaving casually Igbo and Pidgin so the reader feels completely natural with the meaning and understanding.
am 14. April 2015
Wie in allen ihrer Romanen bietet die Autorin eine tiefe Menschenkenntis an. Das Thema ,Kindesmissbrauch' stellt sie sehr verständlnisvoll dar, besonders wie die Kultur/Gesellschaft ihn so leicht verbergen und verleugnen kann.