Hence, in conclusion, we find the theme of obsession to be central to both the novels. The stories lend themselves to analyses across various fields, including sociology, critical theory, linguistics, postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, history and politics. However, it is the psychological angle, in particular the obsessive behavior of the characters that is most explicit and expressive, albeit rendered in slightly different perspectives. In addition, excellence in application of literary form, humor, plot, drama, romance and tragedy all combine to make the two works outstanding pieces of fiction. Although there are tragic moments in the lives of Zuleika and Kambili, their lives taken as a whole are nothing short of heroic. Apart from offering entertainment and intellectual stimulation to readers, the two heroines show courage, enterprise, imagination, humor and pragmatism in giving themselves every opportunity to find happiness and fulfillment.
Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor’s Babe, Published in 2001 by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus, Published in 2003 by Algonquin Books Kachifo Limited.