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Purple Hibiscus (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Januar 2008
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Purple Hibiscus, Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut, begins like many novels set in regions considered exotic by the western reader: the politics, climate, social customs, and, above all, food of Nigeria (balls of fufu rolled between the fingers, okpa bought from roadside vendors) unfold like the purple hibiscus of the title, rare and fascinating. But within a few pages, these details, however vividly rendered, melt into the background of a larger, more compelling story of a joyless family. Fifteen-year-old Kambili is the dutiful and self-effacing daughter of a rich man, a religious fanatic and domestic tyrant whose public image is of a politically courageous newspaper publisher and philanthropist. No one in Papa's ancestral village, where he is titled "Omelora" (One Who Does For the Community), knows why Kambili¹s brother cannot move one of his fingers, nor why her mother keeps losing her pregnancies. When a widowed aunt takes an interest in Kambili, her family begins to unravel and re-form itself in unpredictable ways. --Regina Marler -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
`Immensely powerful.' The Times'An intoxicating story that is at once distinctly feminine, African and universal.' Observer`There's a quiet confidence about the writing which is very attractive - it isn't showy, it isn't brash, but on the contrary both captivating and mature.' Margaret Forster`A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state.' J. M. Coetzee`A beautifully judged account of the private intimate stirrings of a young girl...Adichie is a fresh new voice out of Africa.' Telegraph`Political brutality and domestic violence, religion and witchcraft all merge with subtle force in this memorable novel. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses childhood innocence to write Nigerian history with the eye of a family insider.' Hugo Hamilton`One of the finest debut novels of recent years...as punchy and characterful as Monica Ali's "Brick Lane".' Evening Standard`Assured and evocative...a tale for our times.' Daily Mail`Grips the reader from start to finish. I could not put it down.' Irish Times -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The setting of this novel is something I am not really familiar with, so the novel was interesting in terms of information that I could gather from it. The author really made me feel immersed in the foreign culture, presenting different characters with their respective struggles, opinions and ways of life. I was also able to learn something about the politics of Nigeria, and the way this country still feels the effects of colonialism.
I think that the protagonist, Kambili, who is also the narrator, was convincingly portrayed. I sometimes found her speechlessness annoying, but of course that was a natural result from the abuse she experienced. She undergoes a subtle but significant change in the course of the novel. This development was one of the main topics of the novel for me, and it was done very well.
Adichie's language is very powerful. It is simple, but meaningful. I liked the way the author interspersed the text with Igbu words and phrases, often without translating them. This added authenticity.
All in all, this is a good novel, and one that lends itself to a thorough discussion. The reason I didn't give it five stars was that it didn't blow me away. I do not easily give five stars, and I don't feel compelled to do so here. The story also didn't feel very new to me. I feel like I have read stories like this countless times. However, since this is not just about the originality of the plot, but also (or mostly) about the way it is conveyed, I still think that this novel is well worth four stars.
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Coming from Ghana, find so many similarities and made me miss home. I like the way she writes. Hope some day I can be better than her. :)