Published by Alfred A. Koopf, a division of Ramdom House.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In the 1960s Nigeria, a country blighted by civil war three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village family works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a rich young woman has abandoned her privileged live and family in Lagosto to live with the professor. The third is Richard the shy English who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister. When the full shocking horror of the war changes all their lives their loyalties are severely tested in ways that none of them could imagine. This is a sweeping story that is both harrowing and human. A realistic, insightful account of Nigeria’s darkest days.
This is a book I had been meaning to read for a long time. I has been worth anticipating at is an excellent story with characters based on real life people and gives a clear picture of the horror and unreality of Nigeria, Biafra war and the rise and fall of Biafra. The multi-sided nature of the conflict and the appalling foreign support in arms and money to the Nigerian army who continued to bomb starving people long after the battle was uncontested. The story highlights the total misunderstanding by Britain of the issues involved and the mismanagement of food and medical aid meant for the war torn areas. Would recommend this as a good informative read.