Complex narrative. Complex characters. Complex relationships.This is an intelligently written book about war, gender inequality, colonialism, social class relations in Africa and human nature. Or rather, how war impacts upon human nature. The author gently urges us to step out of our comfort zones as we journey with her vibrant characters through the Biafran civil war.
The greatest challenge for me in reading Half of a Yellow Sun was to fully comprehend the main reason for the war. Was it post -independence nationalism and the quest to gain freedom from “Nigeria” a colonial construct? Was the war mainly caused by the divide and rule politics of the British colonial legacy? ( p166) Was it the then heightened tribal differences between the Hausa and the Igbo?
“The problem with the Igbo people is that they want to control everything in this country. Everything. Why can’t they stay in the East? They…
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