Half of a Yellow Sun

Paperback

English language

Published Jan. 1, 2007 by Harper Perennial.

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4 stars (7 reviews)

In 1960s Nigeria, Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, goes to work for Odenigbo, a radical university professor. Soon they are joined by Olanna, a young woman who has abandoned a life of privilege to live with her charismatic lover. Into their world comes Richard, an English writer, who has fallen for Olanna’s sharp-tongued sister Kainene. But when the shocking horror of civil war engulfs the nation, their loves and loyalties are severely tested, while their lives pull apart and collide once again in ways none of them could have imagined --back cover

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So many war stories become about the horrors of war, or even wallow in them. This story treats the Biafran war the opposite way, focusing only on its characters. Each have their own experiences of those horrors in the context of their lives and backgrounds. This way the war is woven into lives that we know, in which it is only one of many forces at work.

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