Critical Responses to Purple Hibiscus

“The author’s straightforward prose captures the tragic riddle of a man who has made an unquestionably positive contribution to the lives of strangers while abandoning the needs of those who are closest to him.”

The New York Times Book Review

 

“At once the portrait of a country and a family, of terrible choices and the tremulous pleasure of an odd, rare purple hibiscus blooming amid a conforming sea of red ones”

San Francisco Chronicle

 

“One of the best novels to come out of Africa in years.”

The Baltimore Sun

 

“A breath-taking debut. . .[Adichie] is very much the 21st-century daughter of that other great Igbo novelist, Chinua Achebe.”

The Washington Post Book World

 

“One of the finest debut novels of recent years, a complex and compelling account of a 5-year-old girl’s sexual awakening and religious oppression”

Evening Standard

 

“Perceptive characterisation and an evocative portrayal of a fast-changing country”

The Guardian

 

“This is a novel that brings you into the heart of private passions. But is also a novel that strays into political waters and does so with some subtlety.”

Vogue

 

“Adichie draws the African struggle for a modern identity into the heart of family life…Balanced yet passionate, hers is an inspirational new voice”

Glasgow Herald

 

“The simplicity of the transformation tale…is made more powerful by the endearing and moving characters…It’s cleverly contrived naivety opens the reader to a world of feeling containing meaning.”

The Sunday Times

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