The Joys of Motherhood

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Heinemann, 1994 - Fiction - 224 pages
8 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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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

This is a fine novel. I wouldn't be surprised if it popped up on a school syllabus at some point. It's just packed full of themes, especially feminism, and she's such a sensitive and subtle writer ... Read full review

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

great story. the title is very ironic as Nnu ego has almost no joy in life and certainly not from her children. a life of duty in which she allowed herself no fun or joy. duty is her one focus. the ... 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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