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Ken Bugul ☆ 5 Read & DownloadI felt uite bad disliking this A female Senegalese author writing about being black and beautiful in Europe should be a no brainer But I didn t like the writing the narrative changed between an idealised Africa and a demonized west where everything bad happening ever wrong decision is somehow due to uniform white culture I got annoyed at the narrator The ending is highly problematic as well And in the middle "I lost interest in the trials and tribulations of the woman Maybe it was easier to ead in the eighties "lost interest in the trials and tribulations of the woman Maybe it was easier to ead in the eighties I just wanted this to end and felt bad for disliking the narrator that muchHowever I think parts of it especially when she Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 reflects on how being educated in French schools estranged her from her family and other children and how she celebrated her westerness were interestingIt just wasn t enough for me Interesting content and I loved Bugul s perspective of the artists and liberals in Belgium who were only interested in knowing her as an Other someone beautiful and exotic that they could brag about knowing But the writing or the translation is earnest and melodramatic Again a school year flowed by like the liuid that holds together the hot couscous on which we d feast in the evenings in the village etc I found it hard to finish I think this book was poorly translated I couldn tead than a few pages the language was terrible formal stilted distanced The protagonist constantly MAROONED referred to her father as the father and there were other weird things lik. The subject of intense admiration and not a little shock when it was first published The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivatedeaders ever since The book has been translated into numerous languages and was chosen by BR Black Book Review as one of Africa's 100 best books of the twentieth century No African woman had ever been so frank in an autobiography or written so poignantly about the intimate details of her life a distinction that than two decades later still holds true Abandoned by her mother and sent to live with elatives in Dakar the author tells of being educated ,
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I didn much enjoy this book Perhaps once I have a chance to talk about it with my classmates I can get a better understanding of the novelit i didn
I Don T Have High Hopes Thoughdon t have high hopes though overall narrative structure of the novel was very off putting the speaker felt uite distanced from her audience At times it felt like listening to someone talk to herself you feel like you e intruding a little awkward and confused at hearing only one side of a conversation Additionally the chronology jumped around without a lot of warning or explanation By the end of the novel I was downright frustrated with the speaker I felt sorry for her yes she absolutely experienced awful events in life no one should have to experience But she hinted at moments especially towards the end in scenarios with her family where I saw intimations at opportunities for her to Luce (Galaxy Elite Fleet, reach out but instead sheetreats psychologically arrested in continually mourning a past she cannot change Again maybe my classmates can help me better understand this novel and this character For me she did very little in the narrative form to help me eally understand and connect to heredit After discussing this in class I can at least appreciate what this novel tries to discuss and address I still don t think it s a book I would ecommend to others but I can at least espect the discussion it evokes At first I wasn t a huge fan "Of This Book But "this book but half way through it started to. N the French colonial school system where she comes gradually to feel alienated from her family and Muslim upbringing growing enad with the West Academic success gives her the opportunity to study in Belgium which she looks upon as a promised land There she is objectified as an exotic creature however and she descends into promiscuity alcohol and drug abuse and eventually prostitution It was out of concern on her editor's part about her candor that the author used the pseudonym Ken Bugul the Wolof phrase for the person no one wants Her eturn to Senegal which concludes the book pres. ,
Win me over There were a lot of little uotes in here that I eally enjoyed and ang true to me But there were also
where it to me that the book was one huge poem But I enjoyed the book It was also interesting to hear about how this woman interacted with white men and how they only saw her as an object That was Meditation for beginners really interesting to me as well Aeally complex look at a woman s elationship with location and identity the "trauma of exile So much of the writer s personal experiences are "of exile So much of the writer s personal experiences are in this book and it s a very insightful and intense ead Contrast Between the village in Senegal and the Belgian city Between Bugul s means of conveyance and my mode of decoding It is always hottimes where it
there it is always cold there she saysIt is always cold there she says the village a line I d usually have Training His Boy read as a boring paradox but that here leads out from me a humbled understanding that this place is out of the time I know In the city time and the narrative snagged on it I loved this book One of my favorite of all times While I can appreciate the importance of this book I found itather tedious to The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work read perhaps it would have been better in the original French but I only had it in English and never made it all the way to the end I was looking for something by a Senegalese author before going on a trip to Dakar and this was the only thing that waseadily available at the time I have a student writing on this book I m looking forward to Tristan da Cunha reading it and would love to discuss it with others. Ents her with a past she cannoteenter a painful but necessary Asylum realization as she begins to create a new life there As Norman Rush wrote in the New York Times Book Review One comes away from The Abandoned Baobabeluctant to take leave of a brave sympathetic and Wild Children resilient woman Despite its unflinching look at our darkest impulses and at the stark facts of being a colonized African the book is ultimatelyinspirational for it exposes us to aemarkable sensibility and a hard won understanding of one's place in the worldCARAF Books Caribbean and African Literature Translated from Frenc.