Confession time. This is the first time I have read Half of a Yellow Sun. It’s been on my list for so long, even more so after it won the Women’s Prize ‘winner of winners’ last year. And I loved it.
There’s so much to say about what makes this an excellent novel; how Adiche brings the horror of the Biafran War to light, through a plot and set of characters that draw you in and enchant you. I couldn’t possibly do it justice. What I particularly loved was how much it is a sibling story — Olanna and Kainene’s relationship felt so real to me.
I also really enjoyed taking my time reading it. I’ve developed a habit of rattling through books (compared to how much/often I used to read), but there’s always something quite lovely about reading a beautiful and compelling book over a longer period (TL;DR: I didn’t want it to end).