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The Slave Girl

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  286 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The Slave Girl follows the fortunes of Ogbanje Ojebeta, a Nigerian woman who is sold into slavery in her own land after disease and tragedy leave her orphaned as a child. In her fellow slaves, she finds a surrogate family that clings together under the unbending will of their master. As Ogbanje Ojebeta becomes a woman and discovers her need for home and family, and for fre ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 17th 1980 by George Braziller Inc. (first published 1977)
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Cheryl
Apr 30, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Buchi Emecheta never fails to transport me to another world, a familiar West African world, through her pointed dialogue and scintillating storytelling. Like Chinua Achebe, she has the gift of moving story forward through intentional dialogue, something not too many novels do well. Along I went for the ride, transported by dialect and regional syntax, and I think this is the beauty of most fiction written with an African atmospheric slant - this has unapologetic, cultural nuance. I may have been ...more
Marieke
Why had I never heard of this author? I'm really quite surprised about that. But thankful my Africa group selected her as the feature author this month during our year-long exploration of Nigerian literature.

Emecheta writes beautifully and explains cultural and historical things without explaining. This particular book takes place in the early twentieth century when Britain is consolidating its hold on its Nigerian colony. We see some of the effects of this on various groups of people but the s
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kripsoo
Jan 08, 2013 kripsoo rated it it was amazing
This novel offers a more accurate narrative of African Identity. It charts the journey of a young girl from slavery to freedom, but more importantly it refutes a Western Fairytale ending. Instead the novel inserts its reader into the Igbo way of thinking and living, and their terms of a happy ending I enjoyed this novel tremendously It is a good read


Elizabeth
Oct 14, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I did NOT like the way this book ended. Buchi Emecheta tends to end stories too quickly for me, but this one was a little more developed towards the end. However, I did not like the ending to this story. It was if no morsel of wisdom was gained.
Arielle
Nov 26, 2015 Arielle rated it really liked it
2015 Reading Challenge - A book that came out the year you were born.

This book was really good. It was one of those books that had me staying up way past my bedtime, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. How as Ojebeta's life going to unfold. Would she get her freedom, would she return to her home, would her brother have remorse, etc. etc. etc.

The writing was engaging and smooth. I could see the pictures unfold in front of me and imagine myself in her village, at the Otu Onits
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Katya
Mar 08, 2007 Katya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any woman, anyone with a cultural superiority complex
This is a vivid and beautifully rendered account of both colonial Africa and the female experience. We learn that poor treatment transcends the boundaries of black and white, and that everyone can come together in the exploitation and commoditization of women. Filled with startling parallels. Don't take the advice of the guy who gave it one star. It's about the mistreatment of WOMEN, which is necessarily something he could (personally) know nothing about. This is a BRILLIANT book.
Sieglinde
Mar 29, 2016 Sieglinde rated it really liked it
In the aftermath of the influenza epidemic that wiped out so many people in her community, including both of her parents, seven-year-old Ogbanje Ojebeta was sold to a distant relative for 8, to live and work as a slave. The novel follows her through the nine years she spent in that role, to her time back in Ibuza, and to adulthood and her new position as wife and mother in Lagos. ...more
Kenneth
Sep 06, 2016 Kenneth rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Tortuous reading for my history class.
Kelly
Aug 02, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
Emecheta really does a remarkable job of showing us what it is like to be an African woman today, struggling to meld past and present. To follow some age old customs, but to also be allowed to embrace new world ideas.
Yasmin
Jul 26, 2011 Yasmin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Slave Girl. In fact, I like Buchi Emecheta's down-to-earth, funny and natural style. Her stories are vivid and she provides her reader with in-depth understanding of Nigeria culture.
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Buchi Emecheta OBE (born 21 July 1944, in Lagos) is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the Br ...more
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