Scarlet Song

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Longman, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 171 pages
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Cultural differences between the families of Mireille, daughter of a French diplomat, and Ousmane, son of a poor Muslim family in Senegal, threatens to destroy their marriage

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A sad story, in which all characters are fallible. The legacy of a colonial and racist structure falls heavily on the lives of Ousmane, Mireille, and every other character in the book, as Ba reveals the real costs behind political platitudes that are borne our of real suffering. Read full review

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The story opens with the introduction to one of the main characters in the novel – Ousmane Gueye. Mariama Ba describes Ousmane’s humbling childhood experiences while growing up. The author also introduces Mireille, Ousmane’s girlfriend and later, wife. Ousmane and Mireille fall in love and their love blossoms over time, growing stronger as they grow older. However, their family background pose a challenge to the blossoming relationship. Full Review at  


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