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Jill rated it liked it Aug 15, Sep 05, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: Mara rated it it was ok Sep 08, Seven years have been enough to work complete ruin.

In fact, according to Donal Herdeck from Georgetown University, the author of the book’s introduction, this book natouala a major role in initiating the half-century of protest magan led to African independence and it influenced numerous African writers of the important “negritude” school. Unique and intriguing, but much more so if you know some context before you read it. And there are moments when the characters’ thought processes are batoouala clear, taking me inside someone else’s thoughts and fears.

As for the natives, they were broken down by incessant toil, for which they were not paid, and were robbed of even the time to sow their crops. It is an exceptional book capturing life in ‘s colonial Africa from the perspective of Batouala, an African Chief.

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Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: Joseph Kayode rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Christopher rated it liked it Jul 19, Return to Book Page. Mark-phillip rated it really liked it Mar 05, Willemjan rated it it mwran ok Jul 03, Alaelso Videira rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Paperbackpages.

Intellectual anemia joining hands with moral debility, they have deceived their country and felt no remorse. Your task is a splendid one. Sep 02, Jeffrey Lamoureux rated it liked it Shelves: The introduction provides perspective to the time period and the author’s intention helping to appreciate the work a little more.

Dec 22, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: You will attack the slave-drivers.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 16, Bunza rated it liked it Shelves: These and other ignoble excesses reduce those who indulge in them to the last degree of flaccidity.

Villages have grown fewer and farther between, the plantations have disappeared, the goats and poultry have been exterminated.

A2 rated it it was amazing Jun 17, Refresh and try again. In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black wri Many most?

This region used to be very rich in rubber and had a large population. No trivia or quizzes yet.

To ask other readers questions about Batoualaplease sign up. They saw disease come and take up its abode with them, saw famine stalk their land, saw their numbers grow less and less. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Remy rated it liked it Sep 11, 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. Sept 36 97 Jan 01, If the Heinemann edition didn’t include an introduction this probably would have been a two-star rating. Put your shoulders to the wheel then. All that aside, I liked the imagery and interesting language mix of French and African.

Batouala could really benefit from an academic introduction to situate it within the time period and explain who the author was and how his writing challenged the contemporary colonial rfne of the lives of African peoples.

It was covered with plantations of every kind and teemed with goats and poultry.

If we knew of what vileness the great colonial life is composed, of what daily vileness, we should talk of it less, we should not talk of it at all. Nowadays there is a fantastic amount of gorgeous, critical, intricate fiction by African authors from across the baouala, so the batuala of this novel ring louder than the criticism and challenge it presented at the time. A condition so abject must be a matter of prune concern to those who are charged with representing France, the men who assume responsibility for the evils from which certain parts of the Negro country are at present suffering.

Kris rated it liked it Apr 06, In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the batouapa great novel about Africa by a black writer.

Batouala by René Maran

It’s still not a very good book. Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Much of the historical context and significance is lost and so it seems to at first be a rather insignificant text. Fighting them will be harder than tilting at windmills. This challenge is presented straight forward enough however in the gem of a preface by an author overwhelmed and disgusted by the genocidal horrors of the French rubber-plantation-enslavement colonial system.