Half of a Yellow Sun is a fiction novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is set against the backdrop of the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967. The war and its adverse effect engulfs the lives of four central characters, a high-ranking political, a houseboy, a British citizen and a professor. The civil society in Nigeria is left shattered after the departure of the British and our main characters have a tough time making even the simplest decisions.
In the initial part of the book, we meet Ugwu, a village boy who decides to work as a houseboy to make ends meet. Ugwu�s friend Odeigbo has a girlfriend named Olanna, who moves in with them, and all three become inseparable. Olanna also has a twin sister, Kainene, who has a British lover named Richard. All their lives are left shambled when the war engulfs the country, and hope seems bleak. Without food, water or medicine, our heroes are forced to take tough decisions. The book has won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most talented authors of her time and has gained a lot of recognition for her works. Rife with themes of feminism, social inequality, and gender bias, her stories are rich in narrative and also enjoyable. Adichie has also written several short stories, some of which are featured in The Thing Around Your Neck. She induces dark humour and satire into her stories, all the while managing to show a mirror to the modern society. Other notable novels written by her are Purple Hibiscus and Americanah, both of which have won numerous awards and accolades.
This paperback edition of Half of a Yellow Sun has been published by Harper Perennial in English. The book comprises 448 pages and has an ISBN 10 number of 0007272375, and an ISBN 13 number of 9780007272372. So order it online today to read this terrific tale of love in the time of war.