God's Bits of Wood
"God's Bits of Wood is a fictionalized account of the Dakar-Niger train strikes which took in the 1940s. The novel looks at both the political and personal sacrifices the strikers and their families made. The political power is portrayed here as the strikers try to win back pensions, annual paid vacations, and family allowances from the Europeans. The novel can be seen as a shift of power between the African strikers and their European bosses. The Europeans have the political process and violence as a leverage of power, which they use both insistently and mindlessly. One of the European delegates for the railway company accidentally shoots young boys who are playing along the tracks. The delegate isn't charged with their murders. The Europeans also prevent the strikers and their families from having access to water. Yet the strikers also have the masses as their power. The strikers gain powerful allies in their own women. In the beginning of the novel, the women are not told the details of the strike, though they are asked to support their men. Only the small child, Ad'jibid'ji, shows any interest and insists that her grandfather take her to a meeting of the strikers. Yet as the novel continues, the women become more and more involved in the strike. This is because the strike has hit home to them in a literal way. There is no water nor food to eat. The women and children begin to starve. The women suffer in silence until they begin to fight back. Two of the more striking sequences in the novel are the siege between the women of N'Diayene and the policemen who have come to arrest Ramatoulaye, and leads to the burning down of the village, and the march the women go on to Dakar to protest their treatment and to support the strikers. The strike breaks down the barriers which cause inequality between men and women, black and white." -- from www.associatedcontent.com (Oct. 22, 2010).
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I can't really find anything wrong with it, it just didn't stick to me. It was very hard to read; I didn't really care to know what happens next. That aside, it's well-written, and Sembéne did a great ...
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“Real misfortune is not just a matter of being hungry and thirsty; it is a matter of knowing that there are people who want you to be hungry and thirsty” Can't believe I'm the first to archive such an ...
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God's Bits of Wood is a 1960 novel by the Senegalese author Ousmane Sembčne that concerns a railroad strike in colonial Senegal of the 1940s. ...
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God's Bits of Wood - Les bouts de bois de Dieu
Sembene Ousmane's third novel, God's Bits of Wood, was originally written and published in French as Les Bouts de bois de Dieu. ...
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God's Bits of Wood God's Bits of Wood Author Ousmane Sembčne Translator Francis Price Publisher Publication date 1960 Published in English 1962 God's.
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God's Bits of Wood is not only a staple of world literature classes in the West, but it is also widely read in Senegal and Mali where the strike occurred. ...
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A story of conflict between colonial powers and West African rail workers, set in the late 1940s, written by Senegal's foremost novelist and filmmaker
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