Preview: Half of a Yellow Sun

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One of the greatest living writers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, as well as Purple Hibiscus, and most recently, Americanah. If you have not read her books, I urge you to give them a reading.

Half of a Yellow Sun
Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose in Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun has been adapted into a movie. It’s a story set in Nigeria and stars Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, and John Boyega.

Half of a Yellow Sun
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Half of a Yellow Sun

The story involves personal relationships and intersection of the personal and the political. The political story deals with the Nigerian civil war that created the Republic of Biafra between 1967 and 1970.

Here is a preview:

The film has not been released on DVD yet and isn’t available on any streaming services at this time. That gives you plenty of time to check out the books by Adichie in preparation for watching the film when it is released for home markets. The film released in the UK, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates in October 2013. The American release is set for July 2014. The film may be called Half a Yellow Sun in some areas.

In an interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from AriseEntertainment, the author talks about the film Half of a Yellow Sun and the outstanding cast.

The author drops hints that Lipita Nyong’o might be connected to a future adaptation of Americanah.

As an aside, Adichie just won the US National Critics Book Prize for Americanah.

Images of Half of a Yellow Sun ┬ęSlate films.

6 thoughts on “Preview: Half of a Yellow Sun”

  1. Torben Retboll

    “Half of a Yellow Sun” premiered in 2013. I have seen it now. I am not impressed. It could have been a great movie but it is not great at all.

    The movie covers a decade from 1960 to 1970. I know this because in the beginning they talk about the independence of Nigeria and at the end they say that Biafra has ceased to exist.

    But the story does not feel like it has covered ten years. Looking at the images I would think five or ten months have passed.

  2. Torben Retboll

    Many reviewers say the book is much better than the movie. Unfortunately, this is often the case when a book is adapted for the screen.

  3. Torben Retboll

    The book was praised by critics as well as readers. But the movie based on the book is not good at all. In fact, it is fatally flawed. See my review of the movie on Amazon UK.

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