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Scarlet Song Reviews
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Ouleymatou had become his true soulmate, the woman in whom he recognised the extension of himself She was, as Mabo Dialli so rightly sang, at one and the same time his roots, his stock, his growth, his flowering They were linked by their childhood, spent in the maze of dusty streets Most important they were linked by their common ancestors, the same skies The same soil The same traditions Their souls were impregnated [...]
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here For some reason I took a long time completing this book, and upon reflection I am not sure why Maybe because I sort of knew that the ending was not going to be a happy one And I realise that after finishing it, I still quite a few questions, and I wasn t really sure what the author was trying to present to the reader On whose side was the author Mireille Ouleymatou Ousmane His parents
Given that Mariam Ba wrote this book as she was dying, I wonder if that is why she managed to put in so much of how she saw her world The African world And this she did brilliantly she showed, did not tell She expertly wove in the many layers of life as an African in the modern world, exploring many themes without losing the unity of the story.If I rated the book initially, in the first third or so, I d have given it a 3 I got into it as I read on, and by the time I was done it was a 5 Given th [...]
3 Sept 2011 To be honest, it has been a while What I remember is that the story challenged so many preconceptions of identityand I remember that I truly enjoyed it Will re read and better comment, perhaps 11 Sept 2011 I have just reread this book and remember why I was so moved during the first year so many years ago There are so many layers, like the layers of society and the often conflicting forces of progress, tradition, and culture Every character presents a strong message, if 3 Sept 2011 T [...]
A white woman does not enrich a family She impoverishes it by undermining its unity The gospel according to Mariama Ba I really have no sympathy for the caucascian woman in this novel What she endured is no different from what occurred in Ba s So Long a Letter.It s hauntingly true sadly I ve seen and witnessed it so frequent am immuned to it.Ba is an great artist Her weaving skills in storytelling is out of this world.
women despite the color the prestige suffers the blows and sweets of love any one of them is vulnerable to the ills of love this book also poses the question, are you strong enough to break through the norms of a society without breaking down
This short novel packs in a great deal, exploring the ups and downs of cross cultural relationships and the impact of society on those individuals who dare to breach the walls of conformity You may just find it too heart wrenching towards the end though.