Scarlet Song

  • Title: Scarlet Song
  • Author: Mariama Bâ
  • ISBN: 9780582264557
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scarlet Song Winner of the Norma Prize in Africa for her first novel Une si longue lettre
    Winner of the Norma Prize in Africa for her first novel Une si longue lettre

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    About Mariama Bâ


    1. Mariama B 1929 1981 was a Senegalese author and feminist, who wrote in French Born in 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 Raised by her traditional grandparents, she had to struggle even to gain an education, because they did not believe that girls should be taught B later married a Senegalese member of Parliament, Ob ye Diop, but divorced him and was left to care for their nine children.Her frustration with the fate of African women as well as her ultimate acceptance of it is expressed in her first novel, So Long a Letter In it she depicts the sorrow and resignation of a woman who must share the mourning for her late husband with his second, younger wife Abiola Irele called it the most deeply felt presentation of the female condition in African fiction This short book was awarded the first Noma Prize for Publishing in Africa in 1980 1 B died a year later after a protracted illness, before her second novel, Scarlet Song, which describes the hardships a woman faces when her husband abandons her for a younger woman he knew at youth, was published FRom


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    1. Given that Mariam Ba wrote this book as she was dying, I wonder if that is why she managed to put in so much of how she saw her world? The African world. And this she did brilliantly; she showed, did not tell. She expertly wove in the many layers of life as an African in the modern world, exploring many themes without losing the unity of the story.If I rated the book initially, in the first third or so, I'd have given it a 3. I got more into it as I read on, and by the time I was done it was a 5 [...]

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    2. “Ouleymatou had become his true soulmate, the woman in whom he recognised the extension of himself. She was, as Mabo Dialli so rightly sang, at one and the same time his roots, his stock, his growth, his flowering. They were linked by their childhood, spent in the maze of dusty streets. Most important they were linked by their common ancestors, the same skies. The same soil! The same traditions! Their souls were impregnated with the sap of the same customs. They were ecited by the same causes. [...]

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    3. For some reason I took a long time completing this book, and upon reflection I am not sure why. Maybe because I sort of knew that the ending was not going to be a happy one! And I realise that after finishing it, I still quite a few questions, and I wasn't really sure what the author was trying to present to the reader. On whose side was the author? Mireille? Ouleymatou? Ousmane? His parents?

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    4. 3 Sept. 2011 - To be honest, it has been a while. What I remember is that the story challenged so many preconceptions of identityd I remember that I truly enjoyed it. Will re-read and better comment, perhaps!11 Sept. 2011 - I have just reread this book and remember why I was so moved during the first year so many years ago. There are so many layers, like the layers of society and the often conflicting forces of progress, tradition, and culture. Every character presents a strong message, if even [...]

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    5. "A white woman does not enrich a family. She impoverishes it by undermining its unity"The gospel according to Mariama Ba. I really have no sympathy for the caucascian woman in this novel. What she endured is no different from what occurred in Ba's So Long a Letter.It's hauntingly true sadly. I've seen and witnessed it so frequent am immuned to it.Ba is an great artist. Her weaving skills in storytelling is out of this world.

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    6. women despite the color the prestige suffers the blows and sweets of love. any one of them is vulnerable to the ills of love. this book also poses the question, are you strong enough to break through the norms of a society without breaking down?

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    7. This short novel packs in a great deal, exploring the ups and downs of cross-cultural relationships and the impact of society on those individuals who dare to breach the walls of conformity. You may just find it too heart-wrenching towards the end though.

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    8. Probably one of the books that taught me to love reading

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    9. An amazing story!!! very well written book that depicts the huge fear of many modern african men

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    10. A deceptively thin book, this book contains a storm of huge issues in its story including gender, race, chauvinism, cultural identity, tradition vs. modernity, polygamy and post-colonial African identity. I'm sure there more issues that I missed. It's an easy read, because Ba's writing is vivid, and the plot moves swiftly. However, it is anything but an "easy" read because of the painful portrayal of chauvinism and its denigrating effect on both women and men. Mireille, the white daughter of a F [...]

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    11. Dude, her name is spelled wrong on here! Mariama Ba is such a beautiful writer. i like to think its even more beautiful in french, but I wouldn't know! this book's about a relationship between a white french diplomat's daughter and a bright, poor senegalese young man who meet as teenagers and are both idealistic and political. It moves between various people's perspectives, and begins, quite wonderfully, with his childhood. The writer is sympathetic to their love, while at the same time presents [...]

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    12. I read this in one of my French literature classes while completing my minor. I'm unsure how to "star" it because, while it was powerfully written, I didn't love reading it. The story enraged me so much, I wanted to throw it against a wall at the end. Some of my classmates actually admitted to having done so. Nevertheless, I remember the plot details about as vividly as any of my favorite books.It is a frank look at a difficult scenario - trying to make a life with clashing cultural backgrounds. [...]

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    13. Ousmane Gueye is from a humble Muslim family and has overcome numerous challenges to acquire education. Mireille, on the other hand is from an affluent home, and literally had everything she desired materially, while growing up. Neither the difference in their worlds, nor the animosity arising from both families towards each other, succeeds in drawing them apart.After a separation that lasted for a number of years, the two got married and settled down in Senegal. The novel, however, ends on a sa [...]

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    14. Women first, race secondIn most cases.This book made me ache for an African story in which the black man is not an asshole.I understand that pain is powerful and stories of pain need to be told, but can't love be made more powerful than pain, can't hope be made more powerful, why do we exalt pain? Why is a story only powerful or 'real' when it is painful? Why are we telling stories of black men driving women of all races insane decade after decade. Why can't we celebrate love, happiness, unity? [...]

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    15. I believe this book was on my list from an African lit course I did not take. Still read the book and checked it out of the university library. Another student was clearly shocked by the racist attitudes of the 60s based on the notations in the margin. I expected it and I actually was somewhat surprised by how the main character changed. It was interesting to see the pull of culture on these people and I enjoyed the African perspective. Can't say I loved the book and I certainly did not think it [...]

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    16. While I did not like this book that much personally, I must say the central theme of an interracial, cross-cultural marriage is used brilliantly in two ways: 1) as a way to make the trials faced by women who are both Muslim and African (with a focus specifically on Senegalese context) are marginalized by a strongly patriarchal society more easily accessible to people who grew up with a more Western background and 2) as a way to highlight some of the main social issues Ba saw problematic in Seneg [...]

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    17. This book is interesting in its exploration of an interracial couple in Senegal in the 60s. Overall, it's pretty heartbreaking in the culture clashes, stubbornness and excuses created during the course of the relationship, but the author definitely offers some interesting insights and criticisms. I like Ba's So Long a Letter better, it's just so poignant, but this is short and worth the read.

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    18. Interracial relations are complicated. There are accommodations and overcompensations that occur in order to make it work. Sometimes the best efforts are hurt by our passion for their success, and sometimes desperation drives us to things outside of ourselves. Have your tissues ready for this one

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    19. Read this about ten years ago in my bookgroup but I do remember it being evocative, provative and a tear jerker. I also thought it brave of Ba to question inter-racial relationships, the pros and the cons - issues that even up to this day are not discussed. A great read!

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    20. This book deceived me! I thought I was buying into an innocent love story, but culture and colonization got in the way! An emotionally difficult read, but fascinating nonetheless.

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    21. If you haven't read "Such a long letter" by Ba, I would recommend that over this. This is good, but the other is much stronger.

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    22. quite a pessimist's point of view. does a high iq boy have to be destined for fanaticism and failure? i quite get the violence

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    23. Read for my Modern African Lit. class. I can't rate it because I don't remember it.

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    24. To read my full review of this book, visit my blog, leighanneslit/201

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    25. I had to read this for a Foreign Lit class, it was not my favorite, but it did have good points

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