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The Suns Of Independence
 
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Ahmadou Kourouma
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The Suns Of Independence

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The "Suns of Independence" considered a masterpiece of modern African literature, enables the reader to gain unique insight into African culture and conflicts. Through Fama and Salimata, the husband and wife at the heart of the story, Kourouma conveys the confusion that torments many Africans when a traditional and a later, more materialistic culture collide. The last of t...more
Published (first published 1968)
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Beth
Based on the title of this book, I expected a triumphal story of an African country becoming independent of colonial rule. Instead I found the story of an impoverished prince, the last legitimate heir to a tribal royalty, navigating the uncertain and treacherous waters of his country’s independence. At one point he even comments that he hadn’t fully realized the implications of fighting against French colonial rule – that the sapling growing in the shade of a branching oak longs for more room to...more
Natalie Kopp
There are a few topics that are difficult to read about such as excision and rape. However, it is also difficult to read about how colonization and then decolonization has changed the lives of those who were under colonial rule.
I'm happy to be learning more about African culture even if there are some touchy subjects. I think that if you want to learn about African culture, this shouldn't be the only book you read because there is a lot to learn.
Ivete
Comparative Post-Colonial Leiterature..... I did'nt have time to fully read all four books. this was one of books - and the worst - in the program. I don't know how I finished it, but I did. I can't give my opinion on the quality of the writing because it was translated into brazilian portuguese.

The way the story is told is so raw and makes the experience of reading the book brutal. I felt my stomach turn a few times.
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Because this is satirical, it is harder to connect with the characters.
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Ahmadou Kourouma, (November 24, 1927 – December 11, 2003) was an Ivorian novelist.
The eldest son of a distinguished Malinké family, Ahmadou Kourouma was born in 1927 in Côte d'Ivoire. Raised by his uncle, he initially pursued studies in Bamako, Mali. From 1950 to 1954, when his country was still under French colonial control, he participated in French military campaigns in Indochina, after which h...more
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