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Free download Half of a Yellow Sun 107 Ã Lagos années soixante La ravissante Olanna est amoureuse d'Odenigbo intellectuel engagé et idéaliste uant à sa soeur Kainene sarcastiue et secrète elle noue une liaison avec Richard journaliste britanniue fasciné par la culture locale Le tout sous le regard intrigué d'Ugwu treize ans ui a uitté la brouss'Ugwu treize ans ui a uitté la brousse pour devenir le boy d'Odenigbo Le Biafra se proclame indépendant du Nigeria Un demi soleil jaune s'étale sur les drapeaux symbole du pays et de l'avenir Mais une longue guerre va éclater ui fera plus d'un million de victimes L'auteu. I read only about one third of this novel Adichie's CNA writing doesn't agree with me at all And the characters are so flat they should be able to slide under a door trouble free The characters don't even bother to play their role with its limited definition Instead they keep pounding their fists on a table and shouting out what their role is supposed to be I am a sardonic bitch I am sooo non racist you won't even believe it blah blahOuch My head hurtsOne type of characters I am almost certain to hate are the PERFECT ones And CNA stops just short of establishing Olanna's idol in a temple and worshiping her We are constantly reminded of what a smart and benevolent person she is And non racist She is always showing off her fancy London based education always talking about this charity or that To make sure she is universally adored CNA mentions her angel like beauty almost every time Olanna is mentionedIn CNA's world all rich people are by default super shallow Now poor Olanna had the misfortune of being born to rich parents How do we fix that Olanna leaves her parent's house to live with her boyfriend does this count as a sacrifice and takes up a job Her parents still keep trying to shove fancy cars and bundles of cash down her throat She feebly resists but has to accept them anyway Very convenientOdenigbo the revolutionary His activism largely involves drinking with buddies in his living room and abruptly shouting out some out of context political dialogue To hold up this forward and enlightened image of his he needs to keep breaking into such diatribes without any sense of place or time so I am driving my houseboy to see his sick mom I know exactly what the boy needs right now my political rant YupUgwu So wait you mean my mom is not dying she is only terribly sick Hurray I can go back to fantasizing about Nnesinachi breastsRichard super lame white boy who has read a Wikipedia article or some euivalent about one Nigerian art form and now that's the only thing he will ever talk about And hey he claims to have interest in a local art form What do you mean that's not sufficient to give him a non racist badgeand a couple of such posers In terms of writing CNA tries to be somewhat fancy and writer ly thus ending up writing in a style that doesn't come naturally to her You can see her trying a bit too hard One rule of thumb she seems to follow is to attach an unrelated trivial sentence at the end of a paragraph Is that supposed to impart depth to the writingI know I haven't reached the meat of the novel yet There is a war on the horizon Typically one can expect to see a transformation in someone who has lived through a war Given what I have seen so far these characters may jump from one assigned characteristic to another if the author tells them to I don't expect to see any realistic believable transitions I am just going to live without knowing who all make it through the war

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R ne se contente pas d'apporter un témoignage sur un conflit oublié ; en créant des personnages inoubliables elle happe le lecteur dans la tourmente Récompensé par le prestigieux Orange Prize L'Autre Moitié du soleil est un bouleversant chant d'amour de mort et d'espoi. 5★“At the gates Biafran soldiers were waving cars through They looked distinguished in their khaki uniforms boots shining half of a yellow sun sewn on their sleeves”This story tracks a family as they transition from a position of influence and privilege with large comfortable homes in Nigeria to become citizens of the newly formed republic of Biafra After a slow to me beginning I ended up fascinated by the story the family the people on the fringes of the family the history the culture everything The family circle shrinks from a large influential group before hostilities arise to smaller units as they separate to escape and hide They don’t know whom to trust and are reduced to living in slums This part reminded me of the Jews during WW2 gradually cut off from business and mainstream society then confined to their homes then pushed into cramped ghettoes as their homes were reuisitioned by the Nazis then you know the horrifying rest In Biafra young men were captured and uniformed not by the Nigerian enemy but by their ‘own’ Biafran army – those “distinguished” looking soldiers above Women were raped regularly under all sorts of pretexts – collusion wrong accent whatever handy excuse by soldiers from both sidesThis was Biafra where the people were starved into submission to bring them back into NigeriaOf course I ‘knew’ about starving kids in Biafra Sure I did the same way I ‘know’ about a lot of things – superficial awareness of photographs and articles about something happening a long way away from me and mine I didn’t read reviews before reading this book but I liked Adichie’s Americanah and was aware this was also about Nigeria and had won some prizes For the first third or so of the story I was a little impatient with the mix of family story and politics where characters seemed to suddenly go from local gossip about hairstyles etc to sudden heated conversations about government saying things like “pan Africanism is fundamentally a European notion”As the story moved on I also got a little confused by so many names beginning with O I expect that’s just my unfamiliarity with the names as a non English speaker could have trouble with characters named Marianne Margaret and Marty So I did have to backtrack occasionally to remember who was whoAdichie uses many Igbo words always in italics and sometimes translates phrases when she thinks it’s necessary I’d have liked a little glossary just because I enjoy languages but I eventually recognised some and got enough of the gist not to mindThere are 520 languages spoken in Nigeria Wikipedia footnoted reference and when people speak each other’s language there may prejudice when an accent is noticed In the US a strong New York accent might sound foreign and suspect in the deep South In the UK a Cockney accent might be considered unsuitable in executive offices What a judgemental lot we areIllustration of main language groups of Nigeria from News of Nigeria The Igbo some say Ibo are the group our characters belong to They are interesting as are the family dynamics and the class structure of Nigeria with its very privileged and its dirt poor peasant servants Twin sisters Olanna and Kainene look and behave differently Olanna is our focus she whom a young servant boy newly arrived from his village describes with worshipful wonder “ she looked like she was not supposed to be walking and talking like everyone else; she should be in a glass case like the one in Master’s study where people could admire her curvy fleshy body where she would be preserved untainted There was something polished about her voice about her; she was like the stone that lay right below a gushing spring rubbed smooth by years and years of sparkling water and looking at her was similar to finding that stone knowing that there were so few like it”Olanna’s partner is Odenigbo a ‘revolutionary’ professor pro independence while sister Kainene works with their father negotiating lucrative possibly uestionable government contracts They are the privileged Kainene's partner is Richard a white Englishman interested in antiuities and art who would like to see euality in Nigeria but who is entranced by Kainene's powerful personalityThey represent the fundamental difference between political ideologies Responding to Richard’s suggestion that socialism could lead to economic justice Kainene declares“ ‘Socialism would never work for the Igbo’ She held the brush suspended in mid air ‘Ogbenyealu is a common name for girls and you know what it means “Not to Be Married by a Poor Man” To stamp that on a child at birth is capitalism at its best’”I wish I’d had a map to refer to because I didn’t know where places were when skirmishes escalated into war and there was a border as Biafra proclaimed itself a country with soldiers uniforms and flag as in the first uote Biafra was roughly the southeast corner of Nigeria Map of Nigeria 2015 election and Biafra and inset with Africa From GeocurrentsTo give you some idea of the size of Nigeria compared to the US here’s a map which also shows Americans what the different American accents might be in an area like thisMap of Nigeria superimposed over USA From waitbutwhycomAs I write in 2017 civil wars seem even of a threat as each cultural and language group strives for recognition at least Not only those in Africa but the First Nations people of many countries are trying to salvage something from the ruins of colonialismThis was in important book when it was written and I think it’s worth reading now to see what can happen when ideologies bump up against each other in your part of the world

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Half of a Yellow SunLagos années soixante La ravissante Olanna est amoureuse d'Odenigbo intellectuel engagé et idéaliste uant à sa soeur Kainene sarcastiue et secrète elle noue une liaison avec Richard journaliste britanniue fasciné par la culture locale Le tout sous le regard intrigué d. It came to me as an epiphany as I barreled through the last few pages of this book blanketed in my Sunday evening lethargy marveling at Adichie's graceful evocation of a forgotten time and place and feeling the embarrassment of having known nothing about the Biafran war that somewhere in the Gaza strip the maimed bodies of children must lie strewn amidst the debris of their former lives while vicious debates rage on twitter in which people pick a side Israel or Hamas to defend from criticism As if that's what mattersSomewhere at this very moment there may be a terror stricken weeping child fleeing to find cover unaware of what she is running from unaware of the finality of death shielded by the caprices of the same history she is living perhaps Someday she may grow up well to become another Chimamanda to write the story which is hers to tell and time circumstances and health permitting I am going to be reading that book and be reminded of the umpteenth 'war' that not even my generation of enlightened Nobel peace prize winning heads of state did enough to prevent the damage that could have been preempted and the children who could have grown up to carry the weight of civilization some day but didn'tThe farce of this relentless cycle of mayhem killing pillage rape and starvation will hit us time and again and yet leaders of the first world will continue to look dapper in their crisp suits and appear dignified while justifying their sale of high tech weapons to warring parties because revenue is to be earned from the spilling of blood For the sake of self made demarcations for the sake of that ridiculous nonentity called national pride for the sake of righting wrongs done in the past we'll bury our children and future in mass graves and commit wrongsThis book deserves 4 stars in my eyes It's not a flawlessly written work with its freuent straying into the territory of melodramatic personal relationships and cliched characterization and Adichie's writing seems to lack polish in places But in no way does that stop this from being a highly important work of fiction that the annals of literature ought to acknowledge with a gleaming appraisal This is the past transcending the barriers of time to appear before us in a surely pale imitation of its true grotesueness This is Adichie leading us to history of a corner of the world we only associate with food programs the UNHCR unstable governments and inexorable ethnic conflicts This is Adichie telling us that history ignored isn't history blotted outI didn't know Biafra at all; there are not enough books on Biafra as confirmed by Goodreads and Google Books because only those horrors of war survive oblivion which are fortunate enough to receive the world media's stamp of approval Not all death and devastation caused by 'civil wars' are worthy of the glory of 'crimes against humanity' like Nigeria's smooth war tactic of starving Biafran children with tacit British support wasn't Starvation propelled aid organizations to sneak fly food into Biafra at night since both sides could not agree on routes Starvation aided the careers of photographers And starvation made the International Red Cross call Biafra its gravest emergency since the Second World War But there was a Biafra Not the transient existence of the nation represented by half of a yellow sun but the reality of the people who in the paroxysms of misguided idealism picked the losing side in a war Chimamanda's Olanna Ugwu and Richard all of whom weave their way in and out of manifold conflicts of morality identity and survival serve as our guides in this landscape of kwashiorkor plagued children with pot bellies while trying to make sense of the muddle of mutual Hausa Yoruba Igbo animosity And along with them the reader navigates the maze of wartime barbarity political allegiances and interpersonal relationships with a growing sense of unease and uncertainty who are the ones truly responsible who are the perpetrators who are the victims what was the war for and what did it achieve Grief was the celebration of love those who could feel real grief were lucky to have loved But it was not grief that Olanna felt it was greater than grief It was stranger than grief In the end any such attempt at such neat compartmentalization makes little difference to the truth of lives destroyed in a fit of murderous passion In all likelihood there will be Biafras and Srebrenicas and Rwanda Burundis and Syrias and Gazas as there will be the burden of future tragedy and loss to be borne by hapless survivors But there's the small assurance that there will be the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies of the world to give a human face to the solemn formality of statistics every time