One of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at least some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. But hey, we’ve all got busy lives. So in that vein, here’s your five-minute book review!
If I had to describe Half of a Yellow Sun in five words, it would be:
Exquisite, painful storytelling. Compelling read.
I don’t know exactly what I expected when I picked up this book, but it came highly recommended and so I thought I’d give it a go. It is a truly exquisite and heart-wrenching telling of the Biafran War fought in Nigeria between 1967 and 1970, told through the eyes of the young houseboy Ugwu; the well-travelled, well-educated Olanna; and the British outsider, Richard. I learned so much about the legacy of colonial rule, and felt like I was really living out the experience of civil war alongside the characters, all thanks to Chimamanda’s emotive storytelling.
Marks out of 10: 10
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes!
That concludes the review.
Please tell me, have you read Half of a Yellow Sun? What did you think?
What books would you recommend I read this year?
Lots of love,