Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Salon--Purple Hibiscus


Today is my birthday and I'm, hrmmm...oh, never mind how old I am. I'm at the age where I don't want to remember how old I am. One of the things I asked for for my birthday is a little reading time. And I actually got an early start on it yesterday. I'm reading too many books at the moment, which seems to be my M.O. lately. But in spite of that fact, I decided to start Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is partly because I so enjoyed her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun, which I read last year. And partly because I get credit for my Orange Prize Project challenge, of which I have been a pathetic participant.

I am enjoying Adichie's prose style, and her descriptions of the Nigerian setting. I'm sensing I'll be in tears before the end of this one...

I am also reminded that I have to read Adichie's countryman Chinua Achebe's 1959 novel Things Fall Apart,which I have been meaning to read for some time now.

I also was able to sneak off to the movies today, and enjoyed the roller coaster ride that is Jonathan Demme's film about family dysfunction, Rachel Getting Married. Not only is it an emotional roller coaster ride, it was shot entirely with hand-held cameras, so it is a visual roller coaster ride, too. But it didn't make me motion-sick, so I enjoyed my birthday popcorn very much!

14 comments:

Matt said...

Happy Birthday to you! I hope it's filled with love, joy, books, and good food!

Now I am reminded that I have to pick up a copy of Things Fall Apart...a book I've been wanting to read forever.

litlove said...

A very, very happy birthday, dear Gentle Reader! I do hope more reading time is the kind of present that extends over the course of the year...? And the trip to the cinema sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you were spoiled rotten, as is only right and proper!

gautami tripathy said...

Many Happy Returns of the day!

I love Adichie! I read both and also read a lot of her short stories online. You can explore those by clicking short story link on my blog.

Here is my SS post!

Gentle Reader said...

matt--thank you for the birthday wishes! I've been meaning to read Things Fall Apart forever, too.

litlove--thank you for the birthday wishes. I would love to have more time to read all year--that would be the ultimate gift. Maybe one I'll have to give myself...

gautami--thank you! I am really enjoying this book, and I'm thrilled to go check out her stories--thank you so much for the link, I'm going to read your post now...

Leah said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it was fun :)
Things Fall Apart is a great book. Can't wait to see what you think.

Gentle Reader said...

leah--thank you for the birthday wishes, and I will let you know when I read Things Fall Apart--the comments here have made me more eager to read it!

tanabata said...

Happy belated birthday!
I've been an almost non-existant participant in the Orange Prize Project. I really must try to read more next year. I've had Purple Hibiscus in my stacks for a while. Another one I hope to get to next year. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

Gentle Reader said...

tanabata--ah, well, at least this challenge doesn't have a challenging time limit. I'll let you know my thoughts when I finish Purple Hibiscus...and thanks for the birthday wishes :)

Bybee said...

Happy birthday a little late...

Gentle Reader said...

bybee--Thanks so much! I had a nice day :)

Bookfool said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Gentle Reader said...

bookfool--thanks so much!

Susan said...

Happy birthday, Gentle Reader! a little late, and I really hope you enjoyed your gift of reading time!

Gentle Reader said...

Susan--thanks so much, and I did enjoy it :)