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    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 dehum

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    I read this years ago before heading to live in Mali for several months I am thinking back on this intergenerational magical realist epic that paints history in broad and intimate familial strokes like Maruez's 100 Years of Solitude Segu tells the story of Mali's triple simultaneous colonizations enslavement French land gr

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    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

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    A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787 prominent in it's time however the father falls out of favour with the King and his son's each go off in search of adventure outside the kingdo

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    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 Condé has obviously put in a lot of research into the history culture and customs of Ségou and the result is a very good historical novel It's a book that will make the reader a lot aware of the fact t

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    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

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    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 iro

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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; their li

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

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    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 Segu and t

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characters ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Maryse Condé

Merchant Naba who is kidnapped 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 commerce. 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 intimately involved with the intra African politics of the time the power struggle between various kingdoms the spread of Islam and Christianity colonializing both minds and narratives long before the guns get there the attempts to adjust the old way of life to new situations All stuffed with endless details of what came before of history repeating of ideas evolving It s the sort of novel that should really come with a bibliography and footnotes not because I doubt her but because I want to learn I mentioned slavery right The novel keeps circling the concept not just in the sense of white Europeans sending black Africans in chains across the ocean and the emerging racism modern racism being a 19th century construct but in the slavery that was always there the subjugation of defeated tribes to victors the rise of new African kingdoms largely due to demand for slaves from white traders of women to men of wives to their husbands of children to their parents And all the various ways it s justified normalised treated as the Natural Order Of Things without the narrative calling it out In short the novel gets really uncomfortably rapey at times Cond doesn t condemn or condone just chronicles almost as if she wants to call it all a circle of submission without spelling it out for the reader the ideological virus of less than thou leading to one huge Stockholm Syndrome of n gritude That s part of what makes me hesitant to give this a higher grade the other part is simply that at 501 pages the novel sprawls uite a bit following a huge cast of characters to the point where she has to fast forward a bit too often to let the reader get to know them all and leaving us just before the shit really hits the fan It s a good novel it just doesn t grab me and yeah how dare I not be grabbed by human suffering right as often as I d like

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The year is murailles de ePUB #8608and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people Ségou Les MOBI #224 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 Les murailles de PDFEPUB #192 changes to come for the battle of. 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

characters ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Maryse Condé

The soul of Africa has begun From the east comes 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. A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787 prominent in it s time however the father falls out of favour with the King and his son s each go off in search of adventure outside the kingdom where they discover uite a different perception of their people and their raceIt shines a light on the impact of cross tribal marriage and partnership of slavery both that perpetuated by the Europeans and also from within the African continent The role of the son and the daughter the rules of marriage the perceptions of religion the rise of Islam the practices of fetishists and superstitions of their followers The precence and guiding voice of ancestors and the reincarnation of souls And the effect of lovelust on each of them Narrated through the journey s of the four sons of Dousika by necessity a long slow readFull review and descritpion of my reading journey through Maryse Cond s books here at Word by Word