Purple Hibiscus

By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What is Purple Hibiscus about?

Enugu, Nigeria, a rich town where a young girl, named Kambili and her older brother, Jaja live in a society where her father is considered superior of all. With strict rules set, they must follow a Christian lifestyle or suffer the consequences. Everything is dandy until they go visit their aunt. (Aunt Ifeoma) The main issue arrives when their grandpa (Papa-nkuwu) becomes very ill and is forced to stay at her house. Being a heathen for not following Christianity, any contact made by Kambili or Jaja will be dealt with by punishment. After papa finds out, he is forced to punish the two greatly. His anger escalated so profoundly that Kambili was rushed to the hospital. From there on, the story rockets into action.

This excellent publication by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie portrays the effects that a corrupt government has on a newspaper owner (her father). Between the lines, her book has a prevalent theme of freedom; however, it is always followed by hardships. Her detailed descriptions make you feel as though you are actually in that situation. Her touching words can really stumble the reader down to tears with her very well handled but unexpected story plots. It is a moving edition to the very unknown Nigerian world.

“All the cream blended and made the room seem wider, as if it never ended, as if you could not run even if you wanted to, because there was nowhere to run”(41).

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