So Long a Letter

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Heinemann, 1989 - Fiction - 90 pages
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This novel is in the form of a letter, written by the widowed Ramatoulaye and describing her struggle for survival. It is the winner of the Noma Award.
 

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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!

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Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
5
Section 4
9
Section 5
11
Section 6
13
Section 7
15
Section 8
19
Section 10
46
Section 11
63
Section 12
66
Section 13
75
Section 14
84
Section 15
86
Section 16
88
Section 17
90

Section 9
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About the author (1989)

The promising literary career of Mariama Ba ended with her death in 1981 at the age of 52, just before the publication of her second novel, Le Chant Ecarlate (The Scarlet Song), a poetic drama of a love affair between a Senegalese student and the daughter of a French diplomat. Like the works of many other feminist African women writers, Ba's writing challenges many prevalent stereotypes that reinforce the African woman's acceptance of her "place" in society. Her first novel, So Long a Letter (1979), which revealed her clarity of vision and persuasive rhetoric, is written in an epistolary style. The long letter from one female friend to another is a deeply moving account of a Muslim woman's innermost feelings and emotional survival following her husband's decision to take a second, and much younger, wife. The novel has been translated into more than 15 languages and has received international acclaim. In 1980 Mariama Ba received the Noma Award for the best novel published in Africa.

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