The Joys of Motherhood

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Heinemann, 1994 - Fiction - 224 pages
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...a graceful, touching, ironically titled tale. - John Updike A new edition of her classic novel to coincide with the publication of her other works in the African Writers Series. Nnu Ego is a woman devoted to her children, giving them all her energy, all her worldly possessions, indeed, all her life to them -- with the result that she finds herself friendless and alone in middle age. 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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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

This is the story of the life of a Igbo woman, Nnu Ego, from the 1930's to the 1950's. I loved her and I loved this book. Nnu is the daughter of a wealthy Igbo chief living in the country, who is ... Read full review

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The irony of the title cannot be lost on any followers of this "lost" Nigerian novelist from the 1970s. Emecheta chronicles the unhappy lot and difficult lives of Ibo women in Nigeria in the 1940s ... 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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