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The Amputated Memory (Women Writing Africa)

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“….An expansive, eclectic, and innovative novel.”--Women's Review of Books

A modern-day Things Fall Apart, The Amputated Memory explores the ways in which an African woman’s memory preserves, and strategically forgets, moments in her tumultuous past as well as the cultural past of her country, in the hopes of making a healthier future possible.

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
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I read The Poisonwood Bible at the end of last year -- centered around a disfunctional missionary family in a small African village. I liked reading the voice of an African woman dealing with the history of Cameroon. Sometimes Halla's path from poverty to opportunity seems a bit extreme, but it seems to follow the actual opportunities of the author, who implies that the upheaval following the end of colonialism provided unusual opportunities.

I loved the grandmother figure, which apparently is a
"The Amputated Memory" is a fictional, autobiographical account of a young girl growing up in Cameroon in the 1950s. I want to say that I really like this book because the style and tone was unique -- the prose was interspersed with poetry and song -- and it was an example of woman writing herself through the autobiographical structure, and it dealt with the importance of education and of voicing oneself to achieve true freedom, and so on. For all those reasons I thought that I was going to real ...more
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