Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Purple Hibiscus is by far the BEST book I have read this year. When I was younger, my siblings and I would eat our ice cream slowly. We didn’t want the dessert to finish. That is exactly the way I felt about Purple Hibiscus. I didn’t want the story to end! It was so good I didn’t want to get to the end.

The storyline left me with mixed feelings about Kambili’s father. An abusive man or a victim of religion? Her mother also left me ambivalent. While you feel sorry for her trapped in an abusive marriage, you hate her for letting her children be physically and emotionally abused by their father. The scene when Kambili’s father pours boiling water on her feet to stop her from”walking” into sin the next time left me so heartbroken as a mother. Although Kambili’s mother’s final actions against her husband speak off a woman who finally snaps understandably; it is the entire family which suffers and has to pick up the pieces.

The story ends abruptly I think. I would have loved Chimamanda to explore the relationship between the Priest and Kambili further. All in all, it was an amazing book.

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