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The Sun Hath Looked Upon Me

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Set in the grim world of urban prostitution, this book gives voice to the multitude of women trapped in African ghettos. Ateba is quiet and unassuming, taking care of her aunt's needs. But she craves the mother who abandoned her, and creates imaginary women to talk to. Then her world is shaker: Jean, the lodger forces a relationship on her; and old neighborhood prostitute ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1987)
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Dec 20, 2011 Alix rated it liked it
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Boy did this book start out dark... and then it ended even darker.
The main character (Ateba) has some serious issues, though I must say that the book was beautifully written (and translated). This book is not for the faint-of-heart and definitely not for those who like a happy ending.
Read this for a Francophone literature class. It was a striking novel.
Katrina Becker
Quite brilliantly written, but just 110% not my cup of tea.
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Calixthe Beyala (born 1961) is a Cameroonian-born French writer who writes in French.

She grew up in Douala with her sister. In 1978, she left Cameroon for France. She married, and has two children.

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