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REVIEWER: Mwalimu Jeffkass. Mariama Ba states the plight of women who have fallen in the bottomless pit of irresponsible husbands. Marrying many wives to some cultures is not a crime but it does not mean that the first wife be mistreated in favor of the newly married wife. She portrays Modou as irresponsible man who even go as far as breaking the family rules and cares not for the good will of his family. Daba the daughter mourns in several ways since she will luck her father's love and at the same time, there is nothing left by her father to keep her going not only un paid debts that the father has left them with. Sincerely men of Africa need to change and learn to be responsible for their families.  

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i have been looking 4 this book for a very long time....am so happy i got it cant wait to read it again!this woman is a real great writer i put my hat down for you mama!

Review: So Long a Letter

User Review  - Nick Niemiec - Goodreads

Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter is exactly what the title suggests, an extremely long letter. The letter is written by a middle aged, recently widowed school teacher in Senegal named Ramatoulaye and is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chigozie Anuli - Goodreads

A classic! Read full review

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User Review  - Acaciabee Blackwell - Goodreads

What struck me about Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter was how it's protagonist, Rama, is in many ways caught between two worlds, at the same time as her country is in the middle of a huge political shift ... Read full review

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User Review  - Samantha - Goodreads

Loved Ramatoulaye's account of her life and what she plans to do moving forward. An emotional journey through her eyes. A beautiful (albeit short) story of a long life. Read full review

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User Review  - Kafuna Masinde - Goodreads

Some very beautiful thoughts find expression in this book. Slowly ,I am beginning to appreciate african literature. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Chan - Goodreads

Ugh. Read this for a class and have to write a 6 page paper, so I'm not a fan of this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Raine Gregus - Goodreads

This was amazing. I had to set it down and walk away several times because it was simply overwhelming. The author packs a lot of meaning into 96 pages. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Hard to read simply because you couldn't tell when one letter stopped and another started. Great honesty in this work because people are more open when talking to a good friend than formally. Read full review

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