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So Long a Letter - Mariama Bâ, Modupe-Bode-Thomas
So Long a Letter
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This novel is a perceptive testimony to the plight of articulate women who live in social milieux dominated by attitudes and values that deny them their proper place. It is a sequence of reminiscences, some wistful, some bitter, recounted by a recently widowed Senegalese school teacher. The... show more
This novel is a perceptive testimony to the plight of articulate women who live in social milieux dominated by attitudes and values that deny them their proper place. It is a sequence of reminiscences, some wistful, some bitter, recounted by a recently widowed Senegalese school teacher. The letter, addressed to an old friend, is a record of her emotional struggle for survival after her husband's abrupt decision to take a second wife. Although his action is sanctioned by Islam, it is a calculated betrayal of his wife's trust and a brutal rejection of their life together.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780435905552 (0435905554)
ASIN: 435905554
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
Pages no: 90
Edition language: English
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Une si longue lettre (or So long a Letter) is a book hard to describe. It is basically a long letter written by the female protagonist (with a long name I cannot remember) to her best friend (who also has a long and complicated name I would have to look up). The letter is about the mortification aft...
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A fascinating & bittersweet look at women's roles (written by a woman) in post-colonial, male-dominated Senegal. Interestingly enough, I read So Long a Letter quite by chance after having just finished [b:Xala|574425|Xala|Ousmane Sembène|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328757709s/574425.jpg|561417] by...
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Rowena's Reviews rated it
5.0
I haven't read this book since I was 13 or so but I remember loving it.
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I enjoyed this intimate vision of the life of a Senegalese woman told through a letter written to a friend in the aftermath of becoming widowed. The book is almost entirely about the choices women had and made as career options and social opportunities opened up for them in a modern Senegal. We see ...
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Merle rated it
A novella about a middle-aged Senegalese woman writing a long letter to her best friend following her husband’s death. The husband, we learn, had abandoned the writer five years before in order to take a second wife, a scenario repeated (with variations) among many families of her acquaintance.This ...
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