Boy am I behind, not really in my reading…well maybe a little, but in my blogging. Even though I am no longer working, I am amazed how much time life takes, along with managing my pain, doctor visits, pain management group, etc.
Throw in a visit with my daughter and granddaughter and things get really hectic. This morning, after another terrible night of sleep due to both prednisone and sleeping with my granddaughter….parenting is for people much younger than me….I found myself practically collapsing from lack of sleep. My DH said if I got Ally dressed, he would take her to town to visit and have an outing with her and let me sleep. YIPPEE…..so after they left, I unplugged the phone, put a sign on our front door not to knock, and laid down to finish up my book and sleep.
Which brings me to Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Nzogi Adichie, her debut novel. This is the second author this year that I read a debut novel. I found the book very moving. As a Catholic, I found the descriptions of the main character’s father so sad, and definitely not at all like any Catholic father’s that I know..BUT the book was set in Nigeria, and different cultures are just that….different. My parents were a bit abusive, but nothing like the father in this book, so don’t read it if you cannot handle descriptions of horrifying behavior on the part of the father. It reminds me that America really is that shining hill by the sea or whatever that Ronald Reagan quote is….I wish I could remember another book written by one of the lost boys of….crap I cannot even remember which African country…that I read a few years ago. That book was another that made me realize how lucky we are to live in this country, even with all our problems.
I am giving this book a 4. A very good book, but it did not really change my perspective or hit me personally as I like a book to before I give it a grade 5. But then of course it may change someone else’s life or perspective…. I would definitely recommend it.
I actually found this book by chance at the library because I was looking for a book recommended by www.smallworldreads.com , by an author who starts with an A. I am glad our library did not have that book and my eyes fell upon this one while looking for it.
I did finish Cimmaron Rose, but cannot even remember what it was about, that’s how tired I am right now or what kind of grade I would give it.
Life is ridiculously busy right now, so I am not going to even start another book for a few weeks. Happy Reading.