In a country, where we are freely granted several rights, we never stop to think what life would be without them.But life is very different in a corrupt world without religious and political freedom.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book provides us with insight into life in Nigeria during a military coup. Purple Hibiscus is a fascinating book that incorporates cultural and historical perspectives into a story about self discovery.
Fifteen year old Kambili lives a life that is heavily dominated by her father’s choices.While he is extremely wealthy and very charitable, he is also authoritarian and physically abusive.In her high walled family compound, Kambili knows no life except one spent striving to please her father.This all changes when Nigeria begans to fall apart under a political strife, and Kambili and her brother are sent to live with their aunt. For the first time, the children experience autonomy. Kambili struggles with change, as she realizes she can have her own opinions and make her own choices.
Why you want to keep reading
Purple Hibiscus is told from Kambili’s perspective, as her own views on the world are changing.It is told in a fragile, calm voice, contrasting the obviously dark happenings of the time.Through the writing, you can almost feel the tension that she faces at home, and the power struggle going on outside her.Her father’s dominance at home reflects political reality, as well as his need to maintain power in one aspect of life when everthing else is falling apart. Kambili manages to find her salvation in a country overshadowed by political threats, and a life controlled by family drama.
The story is very personal yet unforgettable.Through clearly three dimensional characters, Adichie blurs the lines between right and wrong, and leaves you wondering: what is forgivable?