Eliza's Reviews > Nervous Conditions
Apr 14, 2007
"The condition of natives is a nervous condition" - Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth , 1961 - This is the basis for the title of Nervous Conditions, an account of a young woman from rural Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) struggling to find herself amid influences from Western-educated relatives, missionary schools, and traditional family values. Africa is known by its cliches; it's easy to forget the faces behind them- this is a good account of the psychological hazards of colonialism and an important novel for those seeking insight into colonialist sociology.
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April 14, 2007 – Shelved