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Fighting them will be harder than tilting at windmills. No trivia or quizzes yet. Mark-phillip rated it really liked it Mar 05, I’m not sure what to make of this book.

Batouala by René Maran

Willemjan rated it it was ok Jul 03, Much of the historical context and significance is lost and so it seems to at first be a rather insignificant text. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

You will attack the slave-drivers. Mar 31, Shayna rated it really liked it.

René Maran

Jul 16, Bunza rated it liked it Shelves: Seven years have been enough to work complete ruin. Intellectual anemia joining hands with moral debility, they have deceived their country and felt no remorse. Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: Refresh and try again.

None of the characters were consistently sympathetic, and overall it seemed so pedantic in tone. Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Vero Jordan-Sardi rated it liked it May 31, batouaala It’s still not a very good book. Open Preview See a Problem?


If the Heinemann edition didn’t include an introduction this probably would have been a two-star rating. I’d tene recommend reading the Edward Hayes article, “On Reciprocity: This challenge is presented straight forward enough however in the gem of a preface by an author overwhelmed and disgusted by the abtouala horrors of the French rubber-plantation-enslavement colonial system.

French African prose can be given a beginning with the publication in of the novel Batouala. Christopher rated it liked it Jul 19, Dec 22, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was covered with plantations of every kind and teemed with goats and poultry. The introduction provides perspective to the time period and the author’s intention helping to appreciate the work a little more.

Return to Book Page. In addition to being an exceptional mran, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black wri Many most?

Batouala by Rene Maran – Heinemann

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I only learned of this book a few months ago. Unique and intriguing, but much more so batouaa you know some context before you read it. Sep 02, Jeffrey Lamoureux rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 09, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: I read this in French for my graduate class and had to try to analyze it in terms of being the first novel of the Negritude Movement.

You could well enough skip the simple, descriptive story of village life, but don’t skip the few pages of biting cynical disgust that precede it: This region used to be very rich in rubber and had a large population.


Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, Lucy rated it it was ok Aug 30, Mara rated it it was ok Sep 08, Though Maran was a Black man from the French colony of Martinique, the story remains an outsider-observer’s narration of the internal, cultural daily life, inner thoughts, and motivations of maybe Gbaya?

Jan 30, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: Christoph rated it really liked it Oct 12, In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black writer. Sep 05, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: Nowadays there is a fantastic amount of gorgeous, critical, intricate fiction by African authors from across the continent, so the faults of this novel ring louder than the criticism and challenge it presented at the time.

And there are moments when the characters’ thought processes are amazingly clear, taking me inside someone else’s thoughts and fears. Despite coming out in it contains many passages of unabashedly vitriolic anti-colonial sentiment as well as some explicit scenes.

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