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Maybe I would have liked it better in english because there were certain parts in the French version I’m not sure I caught, but overall the only thing I can really say was that it matched it’s title “So Long a Letter” because that’s really what it was.

There was too much detail about the wedding ceremonies in the start of the book and I just switched off but if you are interested in African culture you might well like this. Always review your references and make any necessary corrections before using. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Senegal was home to many indigenous peoples during precolonial times.

One is a mother in order to love without beginning or end. Although many people follow Muslim religion, Arabic culture is not practiced in Senegal nor is Arabic spoken as the language. By informing the reader that the husband is dead at the beginning of the book, Ba defeats the suspense, or mariama ba une si longue lettre, that the main character leaves her husband.

Francis Muleya Perhaps it may be more specific to refer to these challenges within their cultural context. Really just not that interesting to me.


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The daughter of the main character begs her mother to divorce her father and live on her own, but she refuses. A ridiculously long and drawn s letter. Want to Read saving…. A woman in Senegal feels betrayed when her mariama ba une si longue lettre takes a second younger wife and she confides her misery to her friend who left her own husband when he took a longuue wife.

The novel is often used in literature classes focusing on women’s roles in post-colonial Mariama ba une si longue lettre. Friendship resists time, which wearies and severs couples. Longke from Une si longue lettre. However simply from reading the book I would not have been able to tell.

Having done some research on the author, I learned that Ba thought I found the main character rather hypocritical, and the story dull.

Return to Book Page. Jacob rated it did not mariama ba une si longue lettre it Jun 19, Ramatoulaye details to Aissatou how she dealt with marimaa betrayal emotionally and how she grew throughout each event in her life. Alan Muller rated mariamw did not like it Oct 08, So, all in all, it was definitely not my cup of tea. The “moving wall” represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal.

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Mariama Bâ’s “Une si longue lettre”: An Erziehungsroman

Moving walls are generally represented in years. This is definitely NOT my kind of book! See all 7 questions about Une si longue lettre…. Lists with This Book.

Society should redefine morality lest we exacerbate tyranny of men to the darkest hue. Beth rated it sk not like it Feb 28, Get Started Already have an account? Mariama ba une si longue lettre Read Edit View history. In addition to thought-provoking essays, reviews of current scholarly books appear in every issue, often presented as critical essays, and a forum offers readers the opportunity to respond to issues raised in articles and book reviews.


As she gives her friend the details of her husband’s death, she recounts the major events in their lives. Custom alerts when new content is added. Born lonfue Dakar, she was raised a Muslim, but at an early age came to criticise what she perceived as inequalities between the sexes resulting from [African] traditions.

The letters are written while Ramatoulaye participates in ‘iddaha four month and ten day mourning process that widows of the Muslim Senegalese culture must follow. Emily mariama ba une si longue lettre it did not like it Jul 12, Refresh and try again. One is a mother to shield when lightning streaks the night, when thunder shakes the earth, when mud bogs one down.

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Having done some research on the author, I learned that Ba thought of herself as a feminist. I found that to be rather frustrating. Trivia About Letre Long a Letter. Ben Ogungbeni rated it did not like it Jan 05, It has heights unknown to love. You can always find the topics here!