READING Half a Yellow Sun

Chimananda Ngozi Adichie

Half a Yellow Sun

Notes after first reading sesh: about 3 hours in: Read to p. 126

While reading I am making direct connections to 1984, The Tempest and Pygmalion


For example . . .


-p. 103 "1. The Book: The World Was Silent When We Died"

-could write about the book within a book as a device used to resonate theme. I don't know where this device is going yet in this novel. I cold compare it to the use of the Goldstien book in 1984 as a way of resonating theme - or presenting the antithesis - -


-p 129 Connects to The Tempest for me - "The real tragedy of our postcolonial world is not that the majority of people had no say in whether or not they wanted this new world; rather, it is that the majority have not been given the tools to negotiate this new world." and

"Well, the British have just decided to control the immigration from the Commonwealth, haven't they? They want people to stay in their own countries. The irony of course, is that we in the Commonwealth can't control the British moving to our countries." (Made to Richard at Kainene's house.)


I could also match this up with Pygmalion in terms of how language and dialect is associated with class and power, a theme that is pervasive through the novel