The Joys of Motherhood
- John Updike
A new edition of her classic novel to coincide with the publication of her other works in the African Writers Series. Nnu Ego is a woman devoted to her children, giving them all her energy, all her worldly possessions, indeed, all her life to them -- with the result that she finds herself friendless and alone in...more
I found it interesting how the people whose point of view are most detailed are the people whom the mother identifies with the most. Besides the mother, this includes her father, children, and even her first co-wife. The other people in her life are like shadows with voices. Even the husband is less personalized and when he is, it's usually...more
There is practicality to African culture if held seperate from western culture. Unfortunately this is impossible, and poor Ego and Nnaife were...more
But the story was excellent, complex and brilliant at showing me some things about Igbo culture and customs in transition with the urbanization of Nigeria pre and post-WWII.
The protagonist, Nnu Ego, struggles her whole life with societal expectations of her to be a "good woman," "good daugh...more
This is a story that examines the struggle to hold on to traditional Ibo values in a cosmopolitan and European influenced society.
It is also the ultimate 'be careful what you wish for tale', as a woman goes from the extreme of barrenness to having 7 children, and wondering if all her suffering was wor...more
Emecheta's novel is the most cruel description of a life of a woman in the mist of a changing society from tribal to city life. Born in Nigerian village beginning of 20th century and moving to the city of Lagos, to live with a husband not so pleasant, Nnu E...more
The plot revolves around the main character Nnu Ego and her struggles with her duty as a mother. Nnu goe...more
I picked up this book because it is listed in the reading material for the MIT Open Course Ware’s class, Gender, Power and International Development. I am slowly working through this course and would love to hear from anyone else who has gone through it, either on campus or online.
From the inside flap:
“After a childless first marriage Nnu Ego, the daughter of a Nigerian chief, is sent from her village to Lagos to marry Nnaif...more
It was my second time reading a book by a West African writer but my first reading a book that was written by a West African woman. I was glad read a book that was based in semi-pre-colonial West Africa as the perspective given wa...more
through her upheavals. I love how she ties families and friends and how their relationship are.
She also referred to the role of woman in the Nigerian community regardless of the tribe.
This was a real page turner for me.
One of my favourite quotes "You are simply not allowed to commit suicide in peace,because everyone is responsible for the other person. Foreigners may call us a nation of busy...more
I'm unashamed to say that my eyes were watering at the ending. Be prepared.
more like ''the many pains of motherhood'' but i enjoyed every page.
Buchi Emecheta's detailed expression of what resembles the lives of many Nnu Egos in Nigeria, and in Africa kept me glued to every page.