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Half of a Yellow Sun

Lu par : Zainab Jah
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Winner of the Baileys Prize Best of the Best

Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece.

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

©2016 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critiques

"Vividly written, thrumming with life...a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River." (Joyce Carol Oates)
"Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers." (Chinua Achebe)
"[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, The Siege." ( The Guardian)
"Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic." ( Daily Mail)
"Stunning. This novel is an immense achievement." ( The Observer)

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  • Alfie
  • 19/11/2018

Very well narrated

Good book and very well narrated, I really enjoyed the writing, but these characters were hard to love sometimes

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  • Dreamer
  • 31/01/2018

what a beautiful sad enthralling tale!

what a beautiful sad enthralling tale! I loved this book. it took me a long time to finally buy it- I'd had I was good, but I'm scared of sad stories. Now I'm glad I finally got around to read it. Excellent story telling Ms Adichie!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06/02/2020

A true page turner

As a fellow African who lived through 1 coup on Ghana the similarities are glaring. The tragedy though is throughout Africa tribal sentiments are still rife.

Who knows when we will ever unite!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/12/2019

best literary experience of my life.

This book was out of this world amazing. upon finishing I was in disbelief that it ended and I whispered to myself "that was intense." I don't think I'll ever read anything that's better than this.

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  • Foxpearl
  • 23/01/2019

Devastating and gorgeous

I felt that some of the characters were so real, so relatable, that I cried when the book ended and wanted to immediately reread it. I also felt the shame and guilt of being from the West and knowing nothing about this period of history or much of anything about post-colonial Africa.

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  • Laura Silverman
  • 22/08/2018

Beautiful story, wonderfully told!

I was very engrossed by this book. I loved how the story shifted between the viewpoint and narrative of three of the main characters and the voice, intonation, accents and entire performance of the narrator was on point.

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  • Kainene
  • 07/08/2018

Zainab Jha ....my hero

I tried to watch the movie but zainab’s voice and role play really suited me better!,, And obviously no one could ever be so successful turning a beautiful book into a movie. For example my imagination of Olanna was so strikingly different than the olana in the movie..

Chimamanda is really one of my favorite authors right now. And I really hope zainab jha reads more books on audible I’m in love with her Nigerian accent. Please oh.

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  • Júlia V.
  • 25/06/2018

Great book, but be prepared to suffer for the characters

The book is incredibly well written, but I honestly bought it because of the author and didn't know it talked about war. Only listen if you can take the pain it describes without affecting your state of mind.

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  • Philip
  • 12/05/2018

Biafra

Loved it. A beautiful narration of the Biafran war and Igbo life in the sixties

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  • Sandra Tatah
  • 10/04/2018

Captivating and engaging

I absolutely loved this book. It took a lot of strength to stop listening for any reason. I watched the movie a few years ago and was a bit apprehensive at reading the book after that. But the pleasure was certainly unaffected.
A story about love, dreams, family, betrayal, lost hopes and innocence, grief, healing... so much emotion.
The narrator's performance is the best I've heard so far for an African story.

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  • Alice
  • 05/12/2017

most memorable

this was well narrated and with detailed description that it I couldn't stop listening to it

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  • Johanna
  • 24/05/2019

Great story, great speaker.

If it was possible, I'd give Zainab Jah 10 stars. She is a brilliant speaker that made all the characters and the country become alive before my inner eyes.

The story gives the listener great inside on a - from a European standpoint- rarely treated part of history. It is touching but it doesn't leave you devastated with human tragedy, pain or cruelty. It is very well told.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 08/07/2018

Can’t let go

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read / heard. History blends with fiction and creates a very emotional journey through an Africa troubled by war, hate, love and hope. I couldn’t stop listening to this book.

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  • Middelrath
  • 24/02/2020

Biafra

As a child I often heard about the starving children of Biafra, but only now I fully understand what it meant to be sacrificed to the oil interests of the west.

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  • Raquel
  • 07/12/2019

großartiges Buch, tolle Leserin

Es ist ein wirklich großartiges Buch, das sensibel und intelligent das Große mit dem Kleinen verbindet. Wunderbare Wahl der Leserin.