One minor shortcoming is Adichie’s tendency to repeat certain imagery or gestures beyond thematic efficacy. Purple Hibiscus narrates the story of Eugene and his family, where he is committed to raising the desirable model of a family. I expected more hormones, more rebellion, more Kambili. I have read a couple of reviews of the book and everyone sees the story through the eyes of Kambili, which is what I think the author wanted, to me however two characters stand out taller throughout this book than the narrator herself. The author spins quite the impressive yarn. Traits like deep rooted spirituality.

When one reads Purple Hibiscus for the first time, one might easily conclude that the father is cruel. Notify me of new posts by email. The novel focuses not only on Nigeria as it endures the military coup, but also focuses on the growth and change that Kambili, the main character, experiences as well. What makes Purple Hibiscus so interesting is the position of the family within the larger picture of Nigeria. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In more ways than not, Eugene is an embodiment of Okonkwo, giving a timeless aspect to the social, economic and political issues that impact negatively on the African continent.

Traits like deep rooted spirituality. Fill in your details below or click an icon hibizcus log in: After much thought, I managed to pick one phrase that summed up the book for me.

Adichie’s picture of Nigerian domesticity is troubled, to be sure — the story takes place in a time similar to Gen. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


In my nightmares, hibisfus mixes with shame and grief and so many other things that I cannot name, and forms blue tongues of fire that rest above my head, like Pentecost, until I wake up screaming and sweating. We would like to hear from you! Eugene would probably kiss this image if he could see it. They all did even little Chima.

Book Review: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Wamathai

Intricate descriptions of Nigerian food, flowers, plants and people make the book an explosion of colours, scents, culture and feelings.

Adichie’s unrestrained novel is a spellbinding depiction of contrasts between rich and poor, old and new, oppression od freedom. Adichie’s writing is compelling, confident and beautiful although her story narrates quietly – perfectly describing the shy and introverted Kambili.

Her whole family cackles when they laugh.

Purple Hibiscus Review

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most captivating books I have read in a while. It raises more questions than it answers. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Notify me of new comments via email. I have nightmares about the other kind, the silence of when Papa was alive. To get to school, you may have to pass the corpse at the roadblock.

literature review of chimamandas purple hibiscus

There are scenes of laughter and warmth, laughter that is often earned as the relief from suffering. In the end though, they seem to unite under the oppression and become more full of life and create the connection they seemed to lack. This is the fate of Eugene’s sister, Ifeoma, a widowed university professor. If you are looking for a wonderful book to read, read this one. Nicholas to have us let other children come first…I wanted to make Papa proud, to do as well as he had done.


The themes addressed in the novel include. At the core of “Purple Hibiscus” are a brother and sister who seem to have a perfect life, but in reality it is slowly suffocating them.

literature review of chimamandas purple hibiscus

You are commenting using your Twitter account. The author spins quite the impressive yarn. It is a questionable freedom, though.

Adichie’s superb control liherature her material seems to falter in the last chapters and the novel sputters out in an unpersuasive brew of rage and revenge.

I really enjoyed how the conflicts of the novel often spoke to larger themes of the Third World and Nigeria specifically. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Purple Hibiscus is about this weird normality, about the way tyranny insists that everyone dream the national nightmare, and it works by playing off the innocence of childhood against the brutal inanities of strong men in a state gone rotten.

The compound walls, topped by coiled electric wires, were so high I could not see the cars driving by on our street. The ways of God and the ways of government a conflation frequently made in Africa are increasingly hard to tell apart.