Six degrees of separation: from Lincoln to Alexandria

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from
Lincoln to Alexandria

This is really cool!
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a mystery and indeed on one.
Here are my own quirky rules:

  1. Use your list of books on Goodreads

  2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it

  3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title

  4. Or the second if the title starts by the same word

So here is the result for February 2018. After the covers, you can find the links of my reviews or the title on Goodreads:

Lincoln in the Bardo  The Lincoln Conspiracy

the-sun-king-conspiracy half of a yellow sun

Vanished Kingdoms The Vanished Library
 

1. Lincoln in the Bardo = I haven’t read it, and don’t plan too, too weird, I think
2. The LINCOLN Conspiracy = Very interesting historical thriller
3. The Sun King CONSPIRACY = Superb historical novel on Louis XIV, Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte. Definitely my favorite title on this page
I forgot to specify: this book is part of my
February giveaway
4. Half of a Yellow SUN  = depressing, as many books I have read on Africa, but excellent historical novel on Biafra 
5. Vanished Kingdoms: The History of HALF-Forgotten Europe = history book on my TBR for a while. 
About small and bigger European countries that are no longer on the map
6. The VANISHED Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World= this history book has been for 5 years on my TBR. 
But I still hope to read it one day, as it is on the ancient library of Alexandria

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Review # 7 (2012): Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

by

Chimamanda Ngozi ADICHIE

541 pages

Published by Knopf in 2006

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

A friend of mine lent me her book last year, and it fit perfectly in my 52 countries Reading Challenge.

I had heard about Biafra in my younger years, but had no clear idea about all that was involved. This is a good historical novel, describing very well what was happening when Biafra tried to become independent, the violent reaction to their move and the huge suffering the population had to go through, with also famine at the same time.

I have lived several years with refugees from Africa and heard enough first hand horror stories of what they had to go through, so I’m always a bit hesitant in reading books on African wars these days. But this was done with style in this book and made it bearable for me. It also describes the political milieu and discussions around the issue of independence. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the past of Nigeria.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.

With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.

Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had. [goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu, Nigeria, the fifth of six children to Igbo parents.

Chimamanda studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. At nineteen, Chimamanda left for the U.S to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, then went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University. Chimamanda graduated summa cum laude from Eastern in 2001, and then completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

It is during her senior year at Eastern that she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was released in October 2003.

Chimamanda was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005-2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008.

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