The Joys of Motherhood

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Heinemann, 1994 - Fiction - 224 pages
77 Reviews
This story of a young mother's struggles in 1950s Lagos is a powerful commentary on polygamy, patriarchy, and women's changing roles in urban Nigeria.
  

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Buchi Emecheta is a very expressive writer. - Goodreads
Disappointing ending. - Goodreads
Great character development!! - Goodreads
Truly an apt selection for me. - Goodreads
Kind of a stock writing style. - Goodreads
Buchi Emecheta writing flows and captivates. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nea - Goodreads

There's so much that I loved about this book. I learned a lot about Ibo culture in 1930s/40s Nigeria- the customs, expectations, roles, family structure, challenges and the ways some families ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yvonne Barlow - Goodreads

This starts in a very traditional Nigerian setting, but it moves quickly to Lagos and becomes a story many women can relate to. Children can bring us our greatest joy along with bleak unbearable sadness. This is a tale that crosses so many cultural boundaries. Read full review

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Contents

The Mother
7
The Mothers Mother
10
The Mothers Early Life
29
First Shocks of Motherhood
40
A Failed Woman
56
A Man is Never Ugly
63
The Duly of a Father
72
The Rich and the Poor
82
Sharing a Husband
126
Men at War
141
A Good Daughter
151
Women Alone
156
The Soldier Father
170
A Mother of Clever Children
188
A Daughters Honour
198
The Canonised Mother
212

A Mothers Investment
101
A Man Needs Many Wives
111

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About the author (1994)

BUCHI EMECHETA was born in Nigeria and came to England in 1962. Her novels include In the Ditch, The Joys of Motherhood, Kehinde, Head Above Water, and Gwendolen.

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