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
It's been a while since I've read an African novel that has touched me this much. This is a story that had me transfixed from the start, a tale of heartache, hope, and change. The book’s structure is reminiscent of "Things Fall Apart" in that the early part of the book takes place in an African village that still followed its traditional ways, while the latter ...more
The great father, Agbadi, feels compassion for the slain slave and to ...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
Style is direct. I'm not certain how well the time line would hold if the life and event points were plotted. Emecheta seems to want to t ...more
It tells the moving story of Nnu Ego, a W.African woman devoted to her children, giving them all her life -with the result that she finds herself friendless & alone in middle age.
She gave it all for her children but never got any benefit , she later died & she died like
"Nnu ego lay down by the roadside, thinking she had arrived home. She died quietly there"
Nnu Ego, a west African woman Who married Nnaife a then washer man for his British masters ...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
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
There is practicality to African culture if held seperate from western culture. Unfortunately this is impossible, and poor Ego and Nnaife were ...more
This novel is an expression of thoughts that focuses on the feelings, behavior and culture that were existed around Second W ...more
It focused on one particular woman/family's struggles over a number of years in an important period in Africa's history. The trials and tribulations were like something out of a soap opera. Just when you think everything's going to be OK... BAM! Another unplanned pregnancy, or a wife turns up out of the blue.
I liked the fact you could see things changing towards the end of the no ...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