The poor Christ of Bomba

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Heinemann, Oct 1, 1971 - Fiction - 219 pages
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This novel is a biting critique of colonial life and missionary activity.

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User Review  - Jessie - Goodreads

I liked this book. I thought it was an interesting take on Christianity's role in colonialism, while remaining a readable and intriguing story. The only thing I felt like I was missing was a little more insight into some of the characters. Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse Morrow - Goodreads

In a familiar image of African writers in 1950s and 60s, the main character is a young innocent boy (like Ngugi's Njoroge in "Weep Not Child" and Oyono's Toundi in "Houseboy"). The boy has grown up as ... Read full review


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About the author (1971)

Mongo Beti was born in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, in 1932. He received his early education in local schools, it was followed by studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Now a French citizen, he lives and teaches in Paris, where he is the editor of the journal Peuples Noirs, Peuples Africains, founded in 1978. Beti wrote his first novel, Ville Cruelle (1954), under the pseudonym Eza Boto. A favorite theme of Beti is the failure of colonial missionary efforts in Africa. He speaks not so much against Christianity as against the futile Europeanization of Africans in the name of religion. The Poor Christ of Bomba (1956), his best-known work, is written as a diary. The novel is a satire of Christian religion in precolonial Cameroon.

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