Welcome to Weekly Wonder.
This week’s Wonder is:
PURPLE HIBISCUS BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Purple Hibiscus is the story of 14 year old Kambili Achike who has a very religious father. A father who thinks nothing of physically harming his wife and children if he feels they are straying from what he considers the righteous path. It offers a unique view into the mind of a girl growing into a woman and finding her voice when she finally interacts with her Aunty Ifeoma and her cousin Amaka. It shows how Kambili finally starts to think for her own self when she gets to know her Papa Nnukwu.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“Morality, as well as the sense of taste, is relative.”
“We did that often, asking each other questions whose answers we already knew. Perhaps it was so that we would not ask the other questions, the ones whose answers we did not want to know.”
“I was stained by failure.”
“We did not scale the rod because we believed we could, we scaled it because we were terrified that we couldn’t.”
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
- As horrible as it is, we have all heard stories of domestic violence and we have all heard of victims of domestic violence going back to their tormentors and even loving them. I personally never understood this mentality. I never understood why someone would willingly suffer through daily beatings. Purple Hibiscus tries to make the reader understand and that, I feel, is a lesson in itself.
- At first glance, Purple Hibiscus is about a victim of domestic violence but look deeper and it is about freedom of religion; its about racism; its about pretension; its about silence; its about oppression; its about growing up; its about nature and most importantly, its about a young lady.
- Purple Hibiscus is different because it is not a book written by an American or British author, it is not about America or Britain. But it is relatable and that in itself, is a great quality.
Well, I hope you like the book.