From London daily The Morning Star:
Top fare from a Nigerian gem
(Sunday 20 August 2006)
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Fourth Estate, £14.99)
It is again set in her homeland of Nigeria, but, this time, during the 1960s and the fratricidal Biafran war.
Nigeria has the largest population of any African country, estimated at over 100 million.
It is also one of the wealthiest, with its large reserves of oil, but this wealth has scarcely touched the majority of the people.
The country has been riven by wars, saddled with military dictatorships, endemic corruption and is characterised by huge economic disparities.
It has, though, also produced more than its fair share of Africa’s best writers and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is undoubtedly among them.
This is not an “African” book in the narrow or parochial sense, but belongs in the mainstream of humanitarian world literature, even though it is firmly rooted in Nigeria.
Adichie writes with a maturity which belies her mere 29 years.
In her eloquent and passionate prose, the heat, the smells, sensuality and colour of Africa leap from the pages.
Her characters are finely drawn and vibrantly alive.’
Review of film based on this book: here.