Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616202415
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 23 cm


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Gilroy_Lib_Staff Mar 10, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced a... Read More »

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Aug 15, 2018

I've read three of Adichie's books in the past couple of months and all have been amazing! This one is the story of a 15 year old growing up in a rich, privileged home with an abusive father. She and her brother live a life full of secrets until the world opens up when they go visit their aunt and cousins. They come into a house full of freedom and laughter and they are irrevocably changed. Just a great coming of age novel that teens will likely enjoy as well as adults.

Aug 08, 2018

What a delightful discovery! Adichie's style of storytelling is so simply, yet deeply descriptive. I fully stood beside the characters in the Nigerian town of Enugu. We are exposed to the contrast of a wealthy, conservative, religiously fanatic, patriarchal family where our main character Kambili existed and to the home of their aunt, an intellectual and free thinking parent who takes on Kambili and Jaja, her brother, in times of difficulty. Throw in a military coup, coming of age, abuse, escape....... I will definitely read more from this author.

samcmar Jun 13, 2017

This year I have slowly been working my way through all of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's works. While I find her writing to be impeccable, Purple Hibiscus wowed me from the first page. Taking place in Nigeria, Kambili and her brother Jaja lived a privileged life until visiting their Auntie. Soon they start to see the corruption that exists in Nigeria, along with religious and political struggles as well. This is a book about family ties, father-daughter relationships, and the way in which religion can play into peoples lives.

This book is just beautiful written, completely engrossing, with Kambili and Jaja being such wonderful characters to follow along throughout the story.

Nov 29, 2016

This is a book i would read over and over again.

Nov 04, 2016

Fifteen-year-old Kambili lives with her parents and older brother in a fancy house in Nigeria. Her father, a holy roller and successful businessman, rules with an iron fist, and everyone -- family members and servants alike -- perpetually walks on eggshells for fear of displeasing him. Upon visiting their aunt in another city, Kambili discovers that in other households family members actually laugh, joke and speak freely, and not every minute of their day is strictly scheduled. By the time they return home, both Kambili and Jaja are profoundly changed by their experiences, and things won't be quite how they used to.

It was an intriguing experience to learn about life in modern-day Nigeria, getting a peek into family traditions and traditional religion, as well as the political events occurring in the background. However, I found this an intriguing but difficult read -- from the moment of introduction to Kambili's father the reader gets a sense of something ominous lying in wait.

Apr 01, 2016

could not put it down...

Jul 05, 2015

Heartbreaking and beautifully written coming-of-age story amid turmoil and trauma. Not just for fans of YA fiction.

Mar 14, 2015

A stroy of a child's growing into the realization that her family is suffering terrible abuse at the hands of the father. Thankfully an affirming, happy and loving relative provides realistic and honest choices for hope and for redemption. Beautiful storytelling. Inspiring and tender.
Five stars.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

Adichie has written a harshly beautiful first novel of life in Nigeria during troubled political times. Kambili, a 15-year-old girl, impressionable and desperately quiet, lives with her brother, Jaja, who is her hero, and her complicated and troubled parents. The disturbing faithfulness that her father demands from each of them, and the resultant punishments at their so-called laxness, becomes too much to bear. Especially when they realize how different family life can be after visiting their father’s sister’s family in Nsukka. Their dread of returning is finessed by their mother’s act of desperate maternal love.

Oct 08, 2014

Read this book about 2 years ago.
I am looking forward to reading it again soon!

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