Friday, October 31, 2008

Book Snapshot

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An extraordinary coming-of-age story. Kambili's fear and trauma is palpable. Throughout the text I held my breath, felt her choking. I desperately wished something would give Kambili the courage to stop trying to justify the abuse. The repression and lack of self-worth is disturbing. The dysfunction of the family is so real, it's frightening. This doesn't feel like fiction, it feels something many of us know. Lastly, stylistically, the writing is stellar. She gets everything right: tone, pacing, characterization and language.

If you're a reader, we'd love to hear what you've read lately. Join us for discussions at Color Online Shelfari. Send us a review of something you really enjoyed.

Each month we'll select one of our reviewers from a random drawing to receive a book compliments of Color Online.


Canned Ice said...

I loved this book. It was heart breaking, but really beautifully written. I love the different perspectives between the father's life and the aunt's life.

Color Online said...

Canned Ice,
Thanks so much for commenting. If you're not already, please consider joining our discussion forum. There's a link on the front page.

Canned Ice said...

Hey Z, It's me, cpauley. This is just one of my many incarnations :) sorry to be confusing.