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  • Paperback
  • 512
  • Ségou Les murailles de terre
  • Maryse Condé
  • English
  • 11 December 2017
  • 9780140259490

10 thoughts on “Ségou Les murailles de terre

  1. says:

    Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of Western Africa; enslaved apostatised and awaken from both intellectual and spiritual slumbers Conde is able to depict via the Traore family the gradual yet constant dehumanisation of Africans via the wider forces of the world whether it the slave trade of the New World the colonia

  2. says:

    I read this years ago before heading to live in Mali for several months I am thinking back on this intergeneratio

  3. says:

    An 80s rape festThis is my book from Mali for my world books challenge and I looked forward to reading it because you don't

  4. says:

    A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787 prominent in it's time however t

  5. says:

    I think this was the fourth time I

  6. says:

    When I picked up Segu it was uite by accident This forum I contribute to the World Literature Forum has been trying to guess who would win this year's Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that year after year brings out dozens of contributors and hundreds of responses Conde's name popped up once or twice as apparently the French literary press was promoting her as a potential recipient prior to M

  7. says:

    355As a work of historical fiction Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which ironically was partially driven by the official end of slavery but from the POV of a family who are int

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    This is one of my all time favorite books Fiction excels at letting us feel history None does it better than Segu From comThe year is 1797 and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu the Bambara are guided by their griots and priests;

  9. says:

    Bailed after three chapters once I realized these characters had all the depth and nuance of a fricking comic book

  10. says:

    This was another great book I would probably never have noticed if it hadn’t been for bookcrossing And what a loss it would have been The book follows the history of the Bambara people from the 18th until the early 19th century Today the Bambara live mainly in present day Mali and form the largest part of its population Between the 17th and 19th century they had two powerful kingdoms one with its center in

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The year is 1797 and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu the Bambara are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun From the east co. An 80s rape festThis is my book from Mali for my world books challenge and I looked forward to reading it because you don t find much historical fiction set in pre colonial Africa Too bad it reads like it was competing with the instigators of Gamergate for some maximum misogyny prizeSegu begins in 1797 in a flourishing city state of the same name in what is now Mali and follows the men of the Traore family for over half a century It is a volatile time in West African history traditional practices and animist beliefs are losing ground to Islam further complicating tensions between the various kingdoms coastal areas are dominated by the slave trade European trade and later in the book missionaries are beginning to make inroads as well The story begins with a patriarch before shifting focus to follow four of his sons for most of the book toward the end a couple of grandsons become key characters as wellThe story begins ponderously and ends so abruptly in the middle of a battle that I am not entirely convinced my edition isn t missing a chapter or two at the end but in the substantial middle section Cond does show some storytelling skills There are plenty of dramatic happenings here as befits the dramatic time period The story is heavy on detail and if at times the exposition is a bit clumsy the book does give a sense of a time and place most people know little about It certainly rebuts the idea that there was nothing going on in Africa until the European powers arrived the most prominent conflict here is between Islam and traditional religion and the book portrays a developed changing culture uite apart from European influence which in the book is minor As for the writing aside from constantly poking the reader in the eye with exclamation points it isn t badAnd then we get to the rape Within the pages of this book the unsuspecting reader will find One of the brothers seeing an attractive female slave pounces on her drags her to the privy and rapes her repeatedly In response she falls in love with him Another brother as a mercenary rapes numerous women and in particular chases down an 11 year old girl who insults him and initiates a gang rape of her In response she falls in love with him Yet another brother as a grown man organizes the kidnapping of his 14 year old girlfriend because he s afraid that if given the choice she wouldn t agree to elope with him He s also secretly sleeping with her mom The final brother dies before getting the chance to rape anyone but to add some rape to his storyline the author introduces us to a male ex slave who has been turned gay by being raped repeatedly by men Because apparently rape not only makes you fall in love but changes your sexual orientation so you can get of the same He now hates himself and is shunnedEven when no one is actually committing rape the book dedicates itself to shoehorning in rape imagery even where it makes no sense One day you ll come to Segu You ve never seen a town like it Segu is surrounded by walls like a woman you can possess only by force And of course the male gaze is so overwhelming that a ripe fruit can t be mentioned without being compared to a nubile teenage virgin Other assorted passages from this bookA consensual sex scene He held Romana in his arms and satisfied her desire to be possessedA new female character is introduced Lady Jane was reaching the age when a woman s charm is at its height Another few years and the inexorable moment would come when her flesh would begin to sag blurring the oval of her face and the firmness of her breasts But for the time being she was perfect This is of course all we need to know about Lady JaneDiemogo signaled for her to be silent but not unkindly since a woman is never mistress of what she says especially when she is sufferingWomen What could you do with them What did they want What lay behind their beauty and docility those traps to imprison men Wasn t it enough for them to know that no man is grown up to the woman who bore him That apart from the shared game of appearances no man is strong against the woman he loves and desiresSince the author is in fact a woman one assumes she doesn t actually espouse these opinions but it is impossible to tell from the text There is not a single complex or interesting female character in it They function as embodiments of sex and motherhood rather than actual people and when we do drop into their heads it s only to hear about how much they care for some man who has of course mistreated them Ironically even the woman referenced in that last uote is only asking for recognition for her child so it seems that being a sex object and mother is in fact enough for her Did the author who first published this book in 1984 believe consciously or not that serious literature reuires misogyny Or ought this instead be viewed as a misandrist work since the men in it are so vile But then is making half her main characters rapists in fact misandrist if none of her women mind being rapedHaving arrived at that disgusting uestion I have nothing further to say about this book Back to the library with it and good riddance

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Mes a new religion Islam and from the West the slave trade Segu follows the life of Dousika Traore the king’s most trusted advisor and his four sons whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation There is Tiekoro who renounces his people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga who defends tradition but becomes a merchant; Naba who is k. I think this was the fourth time I ve read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I m aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Cond has obviously put in a lot of research into the history culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lot aware of the fact that slave trade religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on many local cultures and have sown the seeds of many of the post colonial conflicts that still plague the continent On the other hand it also shows this part of the world as vibrant culturally rich and in some ways very resilient I must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time many years ago and that may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It is a great introduction to a piece of Africa that does not show up in the history curriculum of the average western highschool student Since that is not likely to change anytime soon you should probably just go out and read this bookFlull Random Comments review Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga who defends tradition but becomes a merchant; Naba who is k. I think this was the fourth time I ve read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I m aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Cond has obviously Twisted put in a lot of research into the history culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lot aware of the fact that slave trade religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on many local cultures and have sown the seeds of many of the The Exploration of the Male Anatomy post colonial conflicts that still All Night Long (Nannies, part of the world as vibrant culturally rich and in some ways very resilient I must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time many years ago and that may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It is a great introduction to a The Freeze-Frame Revolution probably just go out and read this bookFlull Random Comments review

summary Ségou Les murailles de terre

Idnapped by slave traders; and Malobali who becomes a mercenary and halfhearted ChristianBased on actual events Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history capturing the earthy spirituality religious fervor and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads national rivalries racism amid the vagaries of commerc. Bailed after three chapters once I realized these characters had all the depth and nuance of a fricking comic book

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