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So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
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Sep 05, 10

bookshelves: 20th-century, senegalese-fiction, by-poc
Read from August 26 to 30, 2010

To pass the time during the 130 days of mourning for her husband, Ramatoulaye writes a lengthy letter to a lifelong friend reminiscing about their lives, about the course of African independence, and about the role of women in west African society in the late 70s and early 80s. This brief novella is an interesting read, providing a glimpse into the lives of the generation of Senegalese women who straddled the dividing line between colony and independence, between traditional and modern roles. It's a little didactic, and its length means that Bâ doesn't give as much depth to her characters as I would have liked. Still, it's well worth the read, if only for the passion and the intelligence which Bâ brings to her topic.
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